Codicote Village Day parade takes place today




Thousands of revellers are expected to line the streets of Codicote today (Saturday).

Codicote Village Day takes place today (Saturday, July 15), with a parade through the streets and a fun-packed events programme planned for The Great Field.

Former Britain’s Got Talent finalist Gabz will be this year’s special guest at the annual extravaganza.

The carnival parade starts at 12.45pm, with floats from local organisations plus a steel band, a marching band and majorettes heading along High Street towards Bury Lane.

This year’s theme is ‘Under the Sea’, so expect various mermaids and sea creatures in fancy dress.

Before the procession starts, spectators can enjoy the sounds of the brilliant Codicote Community Choir at 12.30pm in The Goat car park.

The grand opening in The Great Field will be performed by teenage Stevenage singer-songwriter Gabz, who scored a top 10 UK hit with debut single Lighters (The One), after reaching the 2013 final of Britain’s Got Talent, impressing Simon Cowell and the judges along the way.

Entry is free and there’s also free parking.

With funding from the Big Lottery Fund, village day organisers have also been able to provide bigger and better attractions this year.

Headlining the main arena is the amazing horse stunt show from Guido Louis Ledelmeyer, with performances due at 2.15pm and 4.30pm.

Float judging and the bonny baby competition will take place at 1.45pm.

Other arena attractions include an iDance show at 2.45pm, followed by performances by majorettes and the steel band.

Codicote School’s pupils will be Maypole and country dancing from 4pm.

Elsewhere on site, there will be the Codicote Bake Off competition sponsored by KitchenAid, with entries judged on looks, flavour and originality.

The day will also feature traditional fete favourites such as craft stalls, charity stalls, an animal corner, coconut shy, china smash and other fairground attractions, along with fun fair rides, a licensed bar and Pimm’s bar.

There will be lots of displays, with tractor and farm equipment on show, along with the National Lawnmower championships.

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