The proposal was carried and it was decided to hold the parade on Saturday 4th November. I don’t know why they chose November; they surely weren’t expecting a warm sunny day. Maybe once they had decided that a parade was a good idea they wanted to get on with it and couldn’t wait until the spring. However, a committee was appointed with Mr. J. W. Waite as secretary and Mr. Hirons as treasurer.
Later an illuminated parade took place, prizes being awarded to the best illuminated cycles. The parade was headed by the Fire Brigade under Captain Fred Knight, with the manual drawn by two horses. Each fireman carried a lighted torch. The Temperance Band and the Station Road Mission Band played again.
A Balance Sheet was prepared which showed the total receipts at £41 11s. 6d. After expenses had been taken out the committee had a sum of £25 10s. 9d. to dispose of.
|Station Road Mission Band||1||1||6|
|Contributions to the police dinner fund||10||6|
|Rushden Ambulance Corps||20||4||0|
|Stamps and cheques||1||9|
The OVO Energy Women’s Cycle Tour of Great Britain is obviously a much bigger event, but there are similarities. The Hall Park was used in both events, the Fire and Rescue were in attendance, several ambulances, and more police that we usually see in Rushden. We were more fortunate with the weather, although rain threatened several times, but there was a lot of enthusiasm and excitement in the town and a good crowd of people watching. We also had our share of decorated cycles round the town, so I think this year’s event can also be considered a great success.