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Houghton Feast carnival parade pulls the crowds
CROWDS of people lined the streets of a North-East town yesterday (Saturday, October 5) to enjoy a colourful carnival parade.
The procession through Houghton-le-Spring, near Sunderland, was a highlight of the Houghton Feast, which dates from the 12th century.
Houghton-le-Spring and District Round Table chairman John Bloomfield said: “This is the 42nd year we have organised the carnival parade. Estimates are that up to 2,000 people came to watch it.
“A host of local groups were involved and a money raised through a collection taken will be distributed to local good causes.”
About 250 school children participated in the parade, which featured 130 vehicles, as well as pipes and motorcycles.
Friends of the Houghton Hillside Cemetery came dressed as ghosts, while dancers from Zazz, the home of Houghton Dance and Performing Arts Academy, kept the crowds entertained.
A roasted ox, prepared by the Rotary Club of Houghton-le-Spring at the Rectory Field, will be carved by the Sunderland Mayor Councillor Robert Heron at 4pm tomorrow (Monday, October 7).
All proceeds from the sale of sandwiches will be donated to local charities.
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