Plans for Gloucester Day celebrations in full swing
By David Wood
Plans are being made for this year's Gloucester Day celebrations and parade on Saturday, September 4.
A wide variety of stalls will be operating at the four Gate streets around Gloucester Cross from 9.45am - 4.30pm.
At 10.15am the Mock Mayor of Barton's Parade assembles along Constitution Walk behind Brunswick Road Museum and on the bowling green. The parade will depart at 11am along Constitution Walk, making its way to Gloucester Cross, and falls out just past St Michael's Tower for the Mock Mayor Making ceremony at 11.20am.
At 11.40am, the parade departs to St Mary De Crypt where the Gloucester Day thanksgiving service will be held from 12 noon to 12.30pm.
From 12.30pm refreshments will be served at Brunswick Baptist Church.
At 1.15pm the Gloucester Day Parade forms up along Constitution Walk and bowling green behind Brunswick Road Museum and at 2pm the parade departs, making its way through the city to Gloucester Cross.
The parade commences at 2pm through the four main gated streets and will be led by the Mayor and Sheriff of Gloucester in full civic regalia.
There will be a reception at Brunswick Baptist Church, Southgate Street, after the parade, where hopefully the citizens of Gloucester new and old will come together and take the opportunity to socialise and make new friends.
It's hoped refreshments will be laid on for those who parade and those who attend the thanksgiving service.
Alan Myatt, who has been Gloucester town crier for over 30 years, is the driving force behind the event, which started in 2008. He said this year's Gloucester Day would be a tribute to the NHS and Covid support groups and the voluntary sector who have worked so hard during the pandemic.
Alan said: "This event is designed to install and promote pride in our historic city by creating interest in its rich heritage and colourful past. The major catalyst is to reinstate the original Gloucester Day celebration, which was the lifting of the siege of Gloucester in 1643.
"This occasion was celebrated annually for centuries, hence Gloucester becoming known as The City saved by God.
"The Gloucester Day Committee hope that you enjoy the event and will be encouraged to play your part by joining the parade or manning a stall promoting your organisation and culture. In joining us you will be drawing attention to this great city by helping to install pride once again in its many institutions, be it civic, cultural, military, auxiliary or as active members and ambassadors of a charitable organisation, community or faith group.
"We encourage regalia, decorations and national costumes to be worn prominently. Banners and flags of your organisation may be paraded at the Gloucester day parade."
Mr Myatt is urging people to email him with up-to-date details of their organisation, including numbers if you wish to join in, contact details, names etc at email@example.com
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