Borderland Rotary Club organises an annual Christmas Parade through Oswestry, Shropshire, UK.
It is an established event in the Oswestry Christmas calender that is enjoyed by hundreds of children and adults every year.
Starts at the Junction with Lower Brook Street and Church Street at 11.00am.
The Parade proceeds along Church Street to the Cross where large vehicles split to go up Willow Street and Castle Street, and the rest of the parade continue along Cross Street, Leg Street, Beatrice Street (where large vehicles rejoin the Parade), Oswald Road then back along Cross Street and Church Street.
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2017 Christmas Parade
Saturday 2nd December
A spectacular day with crowds of people enjoying the festive atmosphere.
We generated a terific amount of money for local causes.
Thank you to all Rotarians who helped on the day and to the people of Oswestry for your support!
Bucket collection on day £2558.41,
Donations from local shops & businesses £669.70,
Gift Aid £639.60,
The local charities who benefitted from the proceeds of the Parade
Harry Johnson Trust £1,000 Disability Oswestry £250 Parkies £500 The Food Bank £750
Any money remaining goes into the Borderland Rotary Charity Fund
Portywaen Silver Band
The winners of the respective categories are in 2017:
Commercial. Shelley Ramsay Hairdressers Hogwarts
Non Commercial. Cloe Elizabeth Dance Company Snow theme (Disney)
Youth. Oswestry Guides Go camping from past to present
Children. Border Counties School of Gymnastics Ladybirds
Walking. Marches School Theatre Cinderella Panto
The annual parade, organised by Borderland Rotary Club, with the Help of Oswestry and Cambrian Rotary Clubs took place on Saturday Dec 3rd 2016 at 11am.
57 entries took part with walking groups, vintage vehicles and floats completing a circuit of Oswestry town centre streets.
There appeared to be a record number of people watching the parade, their generosity helping to lift the total amount raised for local charities to nearly £3,900.
As well as the people of Oswestry, Borderland would like to thank all those shops and businesses in the town who contributed to the collection.
We are grateful to the manager, Peter Schwarz, and staff of Nat West Bank who allowed us to severely test their coin counting machine which dealt most efficiently with around £3,000 in small coins
Thank You Oswestry
Borderland Rotary President Stan Smith, main organiser, Jonathan Jones and all of the 55 plus members of Oswestry’s combined Rotary Clubs who helped marshal and otherwise run the Christmas Parade would like to give huge thanks to the people of the town and surrounding areas who defied the dire weather forecast and turned out to watch the 47 intrepid floats who made up the 2015 Christmas Parade.
Rotarians Jonathan Jones (organiser), Eric Evans and John Ward and SANTA !
The organisers especially wish to thank; Shops and businesses in the town who generously donated to the chosen charity funds; Local transport companies who’s loan of the lorries enabled the event to happen at all; Griffiths tool hire for the loan of roadside barriers; Oswestry town Council for the use of the Smithfield Car park and a special thanks to HSBC Wrexham for allowing us to monopolise their coin counting machine for two hours.
It’s amazing how widely travelled the people of Oswestry are !
The 3 charities supported this year are;
The Food Bank,
The Stroke Club
and Oswestry Community Support Group.
They will benefit from the £2,278 collected on the day plus some outstanding pledged donations.
Commercial: Hair and Make up by Shelley
Non Commercial: Midland Spinal Injuries Unit
Youth: Oswestry Scouts
Junior: Hope House
Walking Float: Churches Together in Oswestry and District
Peter and Wendy Cherrington, Mayor and Mayoress of Oswestry
with the Commercial category winning float Hair By Shelley