Pictures: Ilfracombe Victorian Celebrations get underway

18:56 07 June 2014

Queen Victoria in her carriage.

Queen Victoria in her carriage.

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Town turns back the clock to the days of Empire as a week of 19th century fun, games and spectacle begins.

Scenes from the opening parade of |Ilfracombe Victorian Celebrations 2014.Scenes from the opening parade of |Ilfracombe Victorian Celebrations 2014.

ILFRACOMBE Victorian Celebrations strode out of the 19th century and into the 21st today (Saturday) as the opening parade took to the streets.

Then it was off to the Trinity Fair at St Brannock’s Vicarage to discuss the state of the Empire over cream teas while young and old alike enjoyed the stalls and sideshows.

Tomorrow (Sunday) there are demonstrations of vintage vehicles on the seafront and at 2pm a blessing of the celebration, followed by children’s games, competitions and Victorian tea party.

Emmanuel Church is hosting an evening Victorian service.

Barnstaple Youth Marching Band lead the opening parade of |Ilfracombe Victorian Celebrations 2014.Barnstaple Youth Marching Band lead the opening parade of |Ilfracombe Victorian Celebrations 2014.

On Monday morning the ‘Western Victorians’ from the Boots and Saddles Club living history group will be raiding shops in the High Street.

There is a Teddy Bears Picnic for under sevens at the Landmark green and a show by magician David Alexander at lunchtime.

On Tuesday and Thursday the Boots and Saddles Club is opening up its encampment at Warrcombe Farm Christian Trust near Mortehoe, with the opportunity to visit on both days from 10.30am.

Entry is a £1 donation to Help for Heroes. Visitors can just turn up, or catch organised transport from the Landmark at 10.15am and 2.15pm.

On Tuesday and Wednesday the Landmark Theatre hosts The Golden Age of Music Hall, as Ilfracombe Musical Productions continue their traditional romp through the music hall and variety acts of the last century. Family entertainment with music, dance and laughter from a bygone era.

On Wednesday the famous Bathing Belles and Beaus competition returns in the morning, with the Mayor’s tea party with cream teas at the Runnymede Bandstand on the seafront in the afternoon.

A Choir Concert or the show at the Theatre is the choice for the evening

On the Friday the cowboys will switch their attentions to the seafront, but honest merchants need not fear as Wyatt Earp and his men will be hot on their trail.

New for this year will be children’s games, competitions and a Victorian tea at the seafront on Saturday (June 14).

A craft and circus workshop will also run on the day, plus a Local Talent Concert at the hall that evening.

The last Sunday will see displays by youth groups such as the Sea and Army Cadets at the seafront in the morning, followed by a final Grand Parade at 3pm.

Pick up programmes around the town or visit www.ilfracombevictoriancelebration.org.uk

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