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Haverhill parade would provide a chance to say 'thank you' to those who kept the country going through the Covid lockdowns

Plans are being formulated for a parade through Haverhill town centre to give the people of the town the chance to show their gratitude to those who worked through the lockdowns and through the pandemic.

On national Thank You Day, Sunday, July 4, the parade will show what a grateful town Haverhill is.

The event will work in conjunction with the Haverhill Show which also takes place on the same day.

National Thank You Day is on Sunday, July 4
National Thank You Day is on Sunday, July 4

The newly appointed town mayor, Cllr Liz Smith said: "The vision is to see groups of workers and volunteers from different occupations parading through the town centre while the townspeople line the High Street to show their appreciation with applause and cheering.

"So many kept the country going in the most extraordinary conditions the NHS and social care staff, shopworkers, council staff, teachers and teaching assistants, funeral directors, utilities, prison officers, communication and financial services, postal and parcel services, emergency services, charities and even good neighbours, the list goes on and on.

"While we previously clapped on the doorstep, this is a chance to show a mass appreciation in person."

Event co-ordinator Nick Keeble. Haverhill Town Council arts and leisure manager, said: "We hope to start at the arts centre and the parade will finish at the Recreation Ground where the Haverhill Show is taking place.

"We are still working with the show’s organisers on the logistical challenges of combining the two events.

Haverhill High Street. Picture by Mark Westley
Haverhill High Street. Picture by Mark Westley

"Hopefully it will bring back memories of processions that took place in the town in the past."

People can sign up for the Haverhill says Thank You Parade by going to the Haverhill Arts Centre website.

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