Appeal launched to improve Richmond Whit Parade

Richmond Market Place.

An appeal has been launched to improve the Whit Parade in Richmond.

So far more than £400 has been raised to boost the event, which features a carnival procession as part of the annual Richmond Meet festivities on the May Bank Holiday weekend.

The campaign is the idea of Richmond resident Anthony Monarch.

He said: “I’d noticed the parade getting smaller each year.

“I thought I could help boost it and put a bit of life back into it if there were more funds available.

“They do a great job as it is, but I know their funding is always short. I thought I’d try do it just to help.

“Even if I can raise a grand it might pay for four more jazz bands or something which will improve it without a doubt.”

Richmond councillor Stuart Parsons said it was good to see local people taking it upon themselves to help fund events.

An online appeal has been launched.

It states: “This campaign is designed to generate much needed extra funds to independently improve the Richmond whit weekend parade, from giving extra prizes for float entries and also giving additional funds in order to get more jazz bands to attend, in addition making it a far better show for the whole community.”

For more details or to donate to the fundraising campaign click here.