THE Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be the theme for a community parade at a festival that dates back almost 1,000 years.
Preparations are now in full swing for this year’s Houghton Feast, which takes place in from October 5 to 14.
Thousands of people enjoy scores of events in the town, such as the famous ox roasting, firework display, funfair and exhibitions at various locations.
With the Queen celebrating 60 years on the throne, this year’s event will fittingly have a royal theme.
Houghton Round Table has been looking to improve the parade each year and is once again calling on community groups and businesses to get involved and enter a float for the colourful extravaganza.
Those who do enter could also be given a grant to help decorate their float.
Houghton Round Table member and parade organiser John Price said: “To any groups which haven’t participated before, my message is that we will try and help them in any way if they enter.
“The parade has gone on for about 40 years now and everyone in the area knows about it.
“As long as the weather is OK then it’s usually a good turnout for us.”
Mr Price added that the recent popularity of the parade had helped improve the feast for visitors.
“It’s got better in recent years,” he said.
“We are delighted that the primary schools are starting to take part because they didn’t for a few years.
“The more the merrier and as long as people participate then that’s great.”
The parade takes place on Saturday, October 6, and will start at about 2pm.
The journey is guided by stewards as well as traffic management officials.
Application forms to have a float in the parade need to be sent in within the next four weeks.
To enter a float or for more details call Mr Price on 553 6600 or 07538 673 657.
HOUGHTON Feast dates back as far as the 12th century.
It originated as Michealmas, the dedication service to the Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels, which is in the town.
The festival was later revived in the late 1960s and is visited by people from across Wearside and beyond each year.