Chichester kicks off Jubilee weekend with a colourful Gala

C120753-4 Chi Jubilee Gala  phot kate''''Crowds lining the streets of Chichester during the procession.C120753-4
C120753-4 Chi Jubilee Gala phot kate''''Crowds lining the streets of Chichester during the procession.C120753-4
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Jubilee celebrations in Chichester kicked off with the Gala Procession which has proved a great success.

Throngs of people lined the streets to see the procession which involved more than 750 people from across the community.

C120753-2 Chi Jubilee Gala  phot kate''''The winning float entry, from St George's church makes its way down East Street.C120753-2

C120753-2 Chi Jubilee Gala phot kate''''The winning float entry, from St George's church makes its way down East Street.C120753-2

The city was awash with plenty of red, white and blue, as members of the public and businesses got in the Jubilee spirit.

The event started from New Park recreation ground and included Gala Queen Bea Bostwick, 14, accompanied by princesses Sophie Campbell, 11, and Amanda Matthews, 13, who were all driven in a Rolls-Royce car.

The procession featured many imaginative floats, with St George’s Church being judged as the best float with their amazing puppets.

The sunshine brought the crowds out and after the event people gathered in Priory Park for a family fun day which featured an array of stalls and entertainment.

C120753-1 Chi Jubilee Gala  phot kate''''Amanda Matthews, 13, pricess, Bea Bostwick, 14, the Gala queen and Sophie Campbell, 11, princess.C120753-1

C120753-1 Chi Jubilee Gala phot kate''''Amanda Matthews, 13, pricess, Bea Bostwick, 14, the Gala queen and Sophie Campbell, 11, princess.C120753-1

The event was organised by Chichester City Council and resurrected especially for the Jubilee.

Council clerk Rodney Duggua said: “I’d like to thank everyone and all the participants for turning out on what has proved to be a very successful occasion. It’s been very well received in the city and we would like to thank our sponsors and everyone involved with the day and to Chichester district council for allowing us to use the park.

“I feel there just seemed to be a nice positive buzz.

“We kept the theme quite broad - 60 Glorious Years - so people had a free hand and people just enjoyed themselves.”

See the Chichester Observer on Thursday, June 7 for full coverage and more pictures of the weekend.