Town proudly turns out to support Houghton Feast parade

Hundreds of people joined in the party atmosphere at Houghton Feast’s traditional parade.

This afternoon’s event brought together schools, nurseries, community groups and churches, marching down Newbottle Street, which was lined with well-wishers.

Houghton Feast's Annual Parade travels along Newbottle Street.

Houghton Feast's Annual Parade travels along Newbottle Street.

They were followed by scores of vehicle enthusiasts, with the Bethany Church Wagon bringing the celebration to a close.

John Price is a member of the Houghton 41 Club, which plans the event as part of the 10-day festival.

He said: “We are so grateful to everyone who took part.

“It’s unique and people love it.

It’s entertainment for the community, by the community.

John Price

“Where else would you see something like this?

“It’s entertainment for the community, by the community.”

Paul Lanagan, chairman of Houghton Heritage Society, added: “I think the 41 Club has surpassed itself again and done the town proud on the feast’s 50th anniversary.”

Members of 1st Herrington Scouts helped lead out the groups following on from Houghton Pipe Band and Hetton 36th Air Squadron.

Houghton Feast's Annual Parade travels along Newbottle Street.

Houghton Feast's Annual Parade travels along Newbottle Street.

Steve Gibson, group Scout leader, said: “We take part every year and it’s all about showing a bit of community spirit.

“The children love it.”

For more visit www.houghtonfeast.co.uk.

Crowds watch as Houghton Feast's Annual Parade travels along Newbottle Street.

Crowds watch as Houghton Feast's Annual Parade travels along Newbottle Street.

Crowds watch as Houghton Feast's Annual Parade travels along Newbottle Street.

Crowds watch as Houghton Feast's Annual Parade travels along Newbottle Street.

Houghton Feast's Annual Parade travels along Newbottle Street.

Houghton Feast's Annual Parade travels along Newbottle Street.

Houghton Feast's Annual Parade travels along Newbottle Street.

Houghton Feast's Annual Parade travels along Newbottle Street.

Houghton Feast's Annual Parade travels along Newbottle Street.

Houghton Feast's Annual Parade travels along Newbottle Street.

Houghton Feast's Annual Parade travels along Newbottle Street.

Houghton Feast's Annual Parade travels along Newbottle Street.

Houghton Feast's Annual Parade led by Houghton Pipe Band.

Houghton Feast's Annual Parade led by Houghton Pipe Band.

Youngster compete in a fun run ahead of Houghton Feast's Annual Parade.

Youngster compete in a fun run ahead of Houghton Feast's Annual Parade.