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Wimborne Save the Children Parade provides colourful spectacle

A well-supported Save the Children Parade set off around Wimborne Minster on 14 December bringing colour and festive cheer with it.

Wimborne Save the Children parade float
These little ‘Rudolphs' had a lot of fun with their red noses

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.

Wimborne Save the Children boxing display
Chloe (left) and Grace from Wimborne Boxing Club put on a mean display
Mayor of Wimborne in car at Save the Children parade
The Mayor of Wimborne Minster, Cllr Shane Bartlett

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Wimborne Save the Children Mayor's Scout
The Mayor’s Scout, Jake Churchill
Wimborne Save the Children Stanley Steamer car
The Stanley Steamer, a steam driven vehicle was a spectacular sight and contained a couple of elves
Snow princess and attendants at Wimborne Save the Children parade
Snow Princess Nell Vanden Dool (centre) with her snow attendants Isobel Thrower-Knight (left) and Amelia Ryan (right)

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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