A PARTY parade rolled into town as Houghton Feast’s annual procession filled the streets.
After Saturday morning’s downpour threatened to make the event a washout, the clouds cleared and ensured the hundreds who lined the route for the procession were spared a soaking.
Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Coun Stuart Porthouse and wife Maria were on hand to launch the parade, which this year took the Centenary of the First World War as its theme.
The march featured many dressed in period costume, while youth groups including Brownies, Rainbows and nursery schools had also picked up on the anniversary and paid tribute in their costumes.
As well as vintage and classic cars, lorries and motorbikes, this year’s parade included a bus and even a steamroller and traction engine, while stilt-walkers and cheerleaders entertained the crowds.
Among those enjoying the show were Paul Harris, 40, and wife Dawn, 27, from Houghton, who had brought seven-year-old daughter Rachael to enjoy her first Houghton carnival parade.
Rachael was hoping to catch a glimpse of sisters Anna and Elsa, from Disney smash Frozen, at the event. “It’s the best film ever in the entire universe,” she said.
Saturday also featured the Houghton Feast Rugby Match and a display of vintage cars, while yesterday saw a civic service held at St Michael’s and All Angels Church.
Today, the roasting of the ox, where Coun Porthouse will carve the first slice, is to start at 4pm, followed by a firework spectacular at 7.30pm.
The celebrations will continue until Sunday, with concerts, performances, walks and displays, with a pub quiz at Houghton Dairy Lane Bowls Club at 9pm on Thursday,
More details can be found via www.houghtonfeast.co.uk.