Parade set to be best ever

Barnsley Mayors parade 2012
Barnsley Mayors parade 2012
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Barnsley Mayor’s Parade is set to be the biggest ever with 37 entries so far – and organisers say there’s still time to get involved.

Entrants are taking inspiration from local heritage as the parade will be held on Saturday, July 13 – shortly after the opening of museum and discovery centre Experience Barnsley.

Finishing touches are being made to the £4.3 million museum, which spans two floors of Barnsley’s distinctive Town Hall, before it opens a week tomorrow, Thursday, June 27, with a colourful public celebration at 2pm.

Floats can take part in this year’s parade as well. Barnsley FC, South Yorkshire Fire Service, Woodhead Mountain Rescue, The Northern Classic Car Club and Barnsley DGH Charity have all entered vehicles.

The parade, which will set off at noon and end at 1pm, will be led by the Barnsley Chronicle Band with the Frumptarn Guggen Band, and guest band Gassafetza from twin town Schwabisch Gmund will also be performing.

Judging will begin at the Upper Courthouse car park at 10.30am and trophies will be presented at 11.30am.

All entrants must be in place at the car park at 11.45am.

n There will be road closures between 9am and 5pm. Affected roads are Sadler Gate, Church Street, St Mary’s Gate, Eastgate, Royal Street, Regent Street, Hanson Street, County Way, Eldon Street, Regent Street South, Burlington Arcade, Kendray Street, Queen Street, May Day Green, Cheapside, New Street, Hayes Croft, Albert Street, Wellington Street, Market Street, Pall Mall, Wortley Street, Lower Castlereagh Street, Blucher Street, Pitt Street, Peel Street, Peel Square, Market Hill, George Yard and Barnsley town centre.

n Entry forms are available from Cooper Gallery and Cannon Hall receptions, or Elsecar Heritage Centre’s Visitor Centre, or call 01226 775 728 or email