A volley of gunfire from Wimborne Militia heralded the start of the fund-raising Save the Children parade at Cobhams, which included the Mayor and Mayoress of Wimborne in a vintage car and the Mayor of Ferndown with her escort, also in a vintage vehicle that had to be crank-started.
According to the organiser, Susie Gatrell, there were 46 floats, 16 vintage vehicles and four American cars.
She wanted to thank everyone who gave their time freely to help especially those who loaned lorries, including Phill Bascombe who had loaned five lorries for free for the floats.
The snow princess was Nell Vanden Dool, her attendants were Isobel Thrower-Knight and Amelia Ryan and they shared their float, drawn by a magnificent steam engine, with Father Christmas and Rudolph.
The Mayor’s Scout Jake Churchill also took part.
Christmas events took place throughout the town during the day and into the evening to coincide with the parade.
The Save the Children parade was founded in Wimborne by Margery Ryan over 30 years ago.
Photographs by CatchBox
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