Final preparations for 126th Richmond Meet

Lorraine Hodgson, left, selling raffle tickets for the Richmond Meet grand draw.

Final preparation are taking place for the traditional Richmond Meet weekend – the 126th to have been held in the town.

The festivities will start with the president’s dinner in the Town Hall on Friday night.

There will then be a church service this year at the Methodist Church on Sunday which will be attended by local dignitaries.

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Stalls, games and entertainment will run from Sunday afternoon in the Friary Gardens.

On Sunday night the annual Meet quiz will be held at the cricket club from 8pm.

The carnival procession will then take place on Monday.

Anyone taking part should meet at the Nuns Close Car park for floats, or at the cricket club if you are walking, at 9.30am.

Organisers say there is no need to book to be part of the carnival procession – just turn up.

Anyone willing to help marshal the event is also encouraged to turn up on the day.

The procession will leave the car park for the market place at 10am.

The grand draw, with dozens of prices including a bike donated by Caygills, will take place in the Friary Gardens at 4pm.

The funfair will be in town throughout the weekend.

This year’s president is Lorraine Hodgson, who said she was very proud to be given the honour.

She said: “It’s going to be a great weekend. Last year was a washout with the weather but this year it’s gone to be beautiful sunshine.

“The Meet has been going for 126 years and it’s really important we keep it going. I love the event  because every year you see people you haven’t seen since the previous Meet.

“I could even tell you where families are going to stand as some people stand in the sample place to watch the procession every year.”

Tradition dictates that the president designs their own Meet badge which is sold to raise money for local good causes.

The badges cost £3 and will be on sale in the market place throughout the weekend, along with raffle tickets for the draw.

The badge designed by Lorraine reflects her interests and hobbies, including music, sewing and amateur dramatics.

The badge, along with previous president’s badges, is attached to the Meet chains.