Published: 13:53, 05 December 2011
Video: St Nicholas kicks off Christmas in Canterbury.
by Adam Williams
Hundreds lined the streets of Canterbury to enjoy the 12th annual St Nicholas Festival parade on Saturday.
The patron saint of children himself waved to the crowds alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams and Bishop of Dover, the Rt Rev Trevor Willmott as the parade made its way from Westgate Towers through the city centre to the Cathedral.
The procession band included pupils from Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls, Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, Barton Court Grammar School, St Stephen’s Junior School, St Peter’s Methodist Primary School and Gravesend Grammar School for Boys.
Fanfares were also played by trumpeters from Christ Church University.
After the procession, the crowds followed St Nicholas into the Cathedral precincts for a special service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
This year, the festival also included music at the Rose Square bandstand, organised with the help of students from Canterbury College and Big Bash Music. Notable performances included a set from the Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls Soul and Funk band.
See more pictures from the procession in this week's Kentish Gazette, out Thursday.