What an incredible week for Ripon - Yorkshire Day was a triumph for our city, and the celebrations don’t stop there.
This year’s St Wilfrid’s Procession is on Saturday, and visitors from across the country will get to experience our great tradition.
The hard-working St Wilfrid’s Procession committee are hoping for their biggest and best year yet. For the second year in a row, Laura Hodgson will take on the role of St Wilfrid, alongside her trusty horse Dougie.
The groups and organisations taking part this year include: Ripon City Swimming Club, Ripon Lions, Cherished Nails, Ripon Rotary, Long Meadows Care Home, Ripon Farm Services, Ripon Rugby Club, Ripon City Netball Club, Ripon City Ladies Football Club, Borrage House, Kirby Hill CE Primary School.
Ripon City Band, Ripon City Morris Dancers and Ripon’s hornblowers will be accompanying the floats with the Mayor of Ripon, Coun Pauline McHardy, as will a team from Ripon Cathedral.
The routes and timings for the procession in full, street by street: Studley Road, 1.45pm; Ripon Spa Gardens, 1.50pm; Westgate, 1.55pm; Market Place West, 2pm; North Street, 2.05pm; North Road, 2.10pm; Magdalens Road, 2.20pm; Stonebridgegate, 2.25pm; Allhallowgate, 2.30pm to 2.45pm; Market Place East, 2.50pm; Kirkgate, 2.55pm; Bedern Bank, 3pm; Bondgate, 3.05pm; Southgate, 3.15pm to 3.30pm; Barefoot Street, 3.40pm; Harrogate Road, 3.50pm; High Skellgate, 3.55pm; Westgate, 4pm; Blossomgate, 4.05pm; Marshall Way, 4.10pm; North Street, 4.15pm; Market Place East, 4.20pm; Kirkgate, 4.25pm; Ripon Cathedral, 4.30pm.
The official after party for this year’s St Wilfrid’s Procession is Ripon’s newest summer music festival, Lodgefest. Lodgefest starts immediately after the procession on Saturday, running from 4.30pm to 9.30pm at South Lodge - and again on the Sunday, from 1pm to 5pm.
The line-up boasts a wide range of bands and singers, including a very special reunion performance from 1970s band Cocktails, performing together on-stage after 41 years.
The event is raising money for next year’s procession, and Ripon’s branch of the Royal British Legion.