THE folk of Ilfracombe went forth in splendour and finery on Saturday with a grand opening parade to get the annual Victorian Celebrations underway. Bands Blazing Sounds, Bideford Youth Pipe and Drums and Barnstaple Town Youth joined carriages, Queen Vict

THE folk of Ilfracombe went forth in splendour and finery on Saturday with a grand opening parade to get the annual Victorian Celebrations underway.Bands Blazing Sounds, Bideford Youth Pipe and Drums and Barnstaple Town Youth joined carriages, Queen Victoria and many in costume to make their way along the High Street.Destination was the traditional Trinity Fair at St Brannock's Vicarage, with its time-honoured sideshows, stalls and of course cream teas!The Best Dressed Victorians, pictured here with (left) the Rev Preb Nigel Jackson-Stevens were: Best Gent, Chris Carter; Lady, Eva Watts; Couple, Cath and Gordon Ursul; Stall Holder, Lynda Courtnadge; Boy, Michael Williams; Girl, Tamara Williams, joined by the Mayor Geoff Fowler.Much more to come, beginning today (Wednesday) with the Bathing Belles taking the plunge at 11.30am on the Harbour Beach. The Mayor invites all to a Garden Party with his "Royal" guest at Runnymede Gardens, 2.30pm.Today and tomorrow evening see the popular Old Time Music Hall at the Landmark Theatre from 8.15pm. The Suffragettes march tomorrow, along the High Street to the seafront at 1pm.At 10.30pm Saturday there is a grand firework display on the seafront, supported by North Devon Festival and Ilfracombe Town Council.Sunday sees the colourful, lively - and loud - Town Criers Competition at Runnymede Gardens from 10am, an experience not to be missed. Finally there's the grand pageant along the seafront to the Pier, 3pm, featuring Criers, bands and all the participants of Victorian week.There is a great deal more to see and do; programmes are available around the town or for a full listing go to www.ilfvc.org.uk