‘The end of an era’: Lorry ban forces school’s float out of city procession

UK – A school’s 17-year tradition of bringing musical entertainment to the Lord Mayor’s Procession in Norwich could come to an end this year due to a new ban on lorry floats.

Angel Road Junior School has participated in the centrepiece parade since 2002, with its steel band encouraging plenty of dancing in the streets.

But a ban on petrol and diesel powered lorries in the procession on Saturday, July 6 means the school won’t be able to use the 40ft curtain-sided lorry it has previously borrowed for the occasion – the only vehicle big enough to hold its vast steel pan collection and drum kit.

Sue Graham, music coordinator at the Angel Road schools, said it could spell the end of a tradition for the steel bands from years four, five and six – around 25 children – to play in the procession.

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