Tonight (Saturday) brings the welcomed return of the Ballymoney Cancer parade – still a popular charity fundraising event in the band season calendar – which was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.
But bands will return this evening to parade the traditional route around the town, led this year by a massed band of pipers, along with a cavalcade of vintage vehicles.
Leaving from the Showgrounds on North Road, the parade will begin at 8 pm sharp.
Posting on their Facebook page, the organisers wrote: “There will be no door-to-door collection this year during the two weeks prior to the event and this year’s street collection will also be slightly different in that there will be no collection moving from car to car along the route of the parade as part of our risk assessment to minimise the risk of transmission of Covid-19.
“There will be 3 main collection points at the entrance point to the route at Castle Street, Trinity Church Roundabout, and the Linnenhall St / High Street Junction, between the hours of 9:30 am and 8:00 pm.
“Again, we look forward to the generous support of the general public for our collection, as in previous years, for this very worthy cause.
“We anticipate that our parade will be well supported and would encourage spectators to respect social distancing measures in place and to spread over the route of the parade. We would also encourage the use of face coverings where social distancing cannot be maintained.”
You can also give via text message this year again by sending the word BALLYMONEY followed by the number 3, 5, 10 or 20 to 70180, to donate £3, £5, £10 or £20.
All monies raised go to charity, Cancer Research UK.