Victorian celebrations open in downpour

THEIR stiff upper lips may have been a little damp but monsoon conditions did not prevent the elegantly dressed ladies and gents of the Ilfracombe Victorian Celebrations taking to the streets for the opening parade of the event on Saturday. With umbrellas

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THEIR stiff upper lips may have been a little damp but monsoon conditions did not prevent the elegantly dressed ladies and gents of the Ilfracombe Victorian Celebrations taking to the streets for the opening parade of the event on Saturday.

With umbrellas at the ready Queen Victoria and friends made their way to the traditional Trinity Fair at the Vicarage Gardens, organised by the parish church, which saw a good show of support from visitors despite the atrocious weather.

Today (Wednesday) the Victorian Bathing Belles and Beaus will be taking the plunge at the harbour beach on Wednesday at 11.30am.


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Later, the Mayor extends a cordial invitation to his Garden party at Runnymede Gardens from 2.30pm for a congenial afternoon.

At 6.30pm meet at the Candar for a ghost walk.

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The Suffragettes movement take to the streets to demand the vote from 12 noon tomorrow (Thursday,) making their way to the seafront via the High Street. A Victorian Mock Court takes place at the Lantern Centre in the High Street from 8pm that evening.

On Friday at 8pm there is a Grand Masked Ceilidh in honour of Mr Charles Darwin, with dancing to the Oggle Band at the Landmark Pavilion. A few tickets left, from (01271) 863263.

On Saturday at 2.30pm there is a Victorian Fayre and Hog Roast in Runnymede Gardens. At 7.45pm the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera will be at the Landmark Theatre. Tickets �19.50 from (01271) 324242.

At 9pm a Candlelit Procession leaves the harbour and parades to the Landmark Green. Bring your own lanterns to light your way. All welcome.

At 10.15pm there is a grand firework display to music set against the backdrop of Capstone Hill.

On Sunday there is a final pageant and parade to the pier at 3pm, assembling in Wilder Road car park at 2.30pm, featuring Queen Victoria, the Prince and Princess, Leicester South Salvation Army Band, horses and carriages, organ grinders, miniature horses, the Bideford Youth Pipe Band and plenty of costumed walkers. All are invited to join in this final, spectacular parade.

Visit www.ilfvc.org.uk for a full programme listing and more information.

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