Houghton Feast Parade will honour World War One heroes

Houghton Feast Carnival Parade.
Houghton Feast Carnival Parade.
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FESTIVAL organisers are on the lookout for people to add to a bright and colourful parade which will honour the sacrifice of those lost in battle.

This year’s Houghton Feast festival begins in the town on Friday, October 3, and the historic carnival parade will proceed through Houghton the day after.

As the countdown to the feast parade begins in earnest, Houghton Round Table is calling on those interested in being part of the fun to contact them.

A convoy of classic cars and other vehicles also feature alongside children from schools and nurseries in the area.

The theme for 2014 is the First World War to mark 100 years from the conflict beginning.

Parade organiser John Price said: “It’s going to be more a commemoration than a celebration of the start of the war of course, but we hope that people with an interest in that area will contact us to get involved.

“We’re hoping to use some military vehicles in the parade and all the usual things such as classic cars and bikes should be there too.” Houghton Feast originated as a dedication service at Michaelmas to the parish church of St Michael and All Angels in the town.

Parade participants meet at Houghton Library’s car park, in Station Road, at 1.30pm for a 2pm start. To get an application form to enter the carnival parade, email John at john.price@hettontowncouncil.gov.uk or call him on 553 6600.

Applications will need to be completed and returned within the next four weeks to comply with event requirements.