A TRADITIONAL parade will take place this bank holiday after volunteers signed up at the eleventh hour to ensure it goes ahead.

Barnard Castle Meet's annual parade, which takes place on the late May bank holiday Monday, was under threat because it was struggling to get enough volunteers to manage road closures through the town.

But following an appeal for help, organisers have confirmed the event, which always features colourful floats and children dressed up in fancy dress, will go ahead as usual.

The Meet's popular pet show will also take place at TCR Hub on Sunday.

Lesley Taylor said: "There's only a few of us but we've managed to keep the parade going. We've scaled back a bit and we're concentrating on a few events this year.

"We are expecting quite a lot in the parade. I think it will be a good parade and the pet show is always a popular event."

The parade, which goes from the Glaxo car park, in Harmire Road, sets of at 1am on Monday, before making its way though the town centre.

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The pet show takes place on Sunday. There will be 12 classes for various animals, including dogs, cats, and ones with fur, feathers, scales and shells and includes a prize for best in show.

Entry for the pet show is £2 per class and the registration starts at 10.30am on the day with judging taking place at 11am.

Other events include a car treasure hunt, which took place last night, and there is also a quiz, which is available to pick up from shops and cafes in town and costs £1.

Organisers are hoping to hold a public meeting after the Meet to see what people would like to see in the future.

Mrs Taylor added: "We've had a few more people who have come forward and want to come on board to help but I think we need to raise awareness that we do need volunteers to spread the workload.

"I'm hoping as many people as possible will come along so we can explain what's involved in what we try to do and then cost of it."

She added: "We've gone from thinking this is it to getting some really enthusiastic people so I think it will continue but we do need to ask people.

"The money we have is publicly raised so we do need to check with the public to see what they want to do."

A date has not yet been set.