Preparations underway for 2023 Richmond Meet

Floats at a previous Richmond Meet parade.

Richmond’s historic Meet will take place this weekend in the town.

Activities include a family fun day from 12noon on Sunday in the Friary Gardens, with stalls, games, treasure hunt, face painting and live music.

A quiz will be held in the Buck, in Newbiggin, on Sunday from 8pm.

Judging for the annual parade will then starts at 9.30am in the Nuns Close car parka area, with the parade setting off at around 10am.

This year, organisers are hoping to celebrate World Book Day and get as many children as possible wearing their world book costumes.

Story teller Rhoda Fraser will be in the parade with her reading cloak.

Rhoda will be reading stories all day and there will be a competition for the best drawn character or book.

Children are also being invited to bring their unwanted books and to swap them.

There will be further activities on Monday after the parade including stalls, refreshments, games, Zumba and taekwondo displays and music from Late Night Radio.

A dog show in the back field of the Friary Gardens is also planned..

Classes include the most beautiful female dog, most handsome male dog, waggiest tail and best trick.

Registration starts at 12noon on Monday. The event is sponsored by J & H Meynells.

The funfair will also be in town throughout the bank holiday weekend.

This year’s Meet president is Paul Hadden, who has designed his traditional Meet badge with influences of his home town football team, Huddersfield Town, and the Buck Inn, which he runs with his wife.

The event has been held in the town for more than 130 years.

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