Thousands flock to Wimborne’s Save the Children Christmas parade

Bournemouth Echo: HO, HO, WHOLE LOT OF FUN: The Pamphill Nursery float HO, HO, WHOLE LOT OF FUN: The Pamphill Nursery float

THOUSANDS lined the streets to watch the festive floats, marching bands and merrily dressed revellers at Wimborne’s Christmas parade.

More than 50 floats took part in the parade, which is organised in aid of Save the Children and celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. Father Christmas accompanied the Snow Princess as they rode through the town from the starting point in Brook Road to Wimborne High Street on Saturday afternoon.

Children’s activities and events took place in the square from 10am and there was entertainment from the Dorset Youth Marching Band, Boogie 2000 and live musicians.

Former Mayor of Wimborne and parade marshal Anthony Oliver said: “It is always such a wonderful event and thousands of people come to watch and take part. This year is particularly special because we are celebrating the silver anniversary of the event.

“There were at least 50 floats, from decorated fire engines to the Wimborne rotary float and local schools.”

Money raised will go to help children in the Philippines in the wake of typhoon Haiyan and children who are fleeing the Syrian war.

Alison Preston, chairman of Wimborne Save the Children, said: “It was absolutely brilliant and I want to thank the people of Wimborne for turning out year after year. The place was absolutely packed and we’re hoping to raise around £3,000.”

The weekend of festive celebration also saw a Christmas concert on Sunday with performances from The New Forest Children’s Choir, who were the winners of the BBC Junior Choir of the Year in 2010.

They were joined by the New Forest Chamber Choir, Wessex Harmony, and the Mum’s Choir, in a varied programme of Christmas music.

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