It’s party time in the city with Norwich City FC and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival
PUBLISHED: 19:28 06 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:42 06 May 2011
Scenes of celebration will transform the streets of Norwich on Saturday as Canary fans and festival-goers create a party atmosphere in the city.
Yellow and green is the theme of the day, with supporters filling city centre pubs to get behind their promotion heroes for the last match of the season.
Elsewhere at Carrow Road, the streets will be awash with Norwich City shirts as 25,000 fans descend on the stadium to pack the home stand for the match against Coventry FC.
They will be hoping for one last victory to sweeten the promotion celebrations, which will continue until Tuesday when the Norwich City players embark on their city centre parade.
Meanwhile, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival (NNF11) is creating a hive of activity, as arts lovers take in the wealth of entertainment in Norwich.
Circus acts, marching bands, and theatrical performances will fill Norwich with noise when the May Daze event gets under way at 11am.
Chapelfield Gardens, London Street, Gentleman’s Walk, Millennium Plain, and Chapelfield Plain will become temporary venues where performers will entertain people in the street.
Indian stilt performers will provide a breath-taking spectacle by parading down London Street at 10:30am.
They will be followed by a host of festival events at Chapelfield Gardens where people can enjoy outdoor shows in the spring sunshine.
And the in the afternoon, the sounds of trumpets, saxophones and trombones will stop shoppers in their tracks as The Always Drinking Music Band makes their way down Gentleman’s Walk at 2pm.
Meanwhile, businesses in Norwich are doing their bit to heighten the party mood.
One bridal shop has been turning heads with their selection of yellow and green wedding dresses.
Camilla Brides in North Walsham decided to create the gowns to show their support for Norwich City’s promotion to the Premier League.
Sales consultant Alisson Smith, 40, said: “We have loads of people walking past and looking at the wedding dresses. Cars have been slowing down and honking their horns, and Chloe Smith MP came round and gave the staff a thumbs up for their efforts.
“I have been doing weddings for 23 years and things have changed so much in that time. We get girls who want the Norwich City colours put in their garters. We are hoping someone will want to have a Norwich City wedding.”
A Norwich coffee house has also caught promotion fever by creating a special blend to encapsulate the Canaries’ success.
The Window Coffee Shop is encouraging people to come up with a Norwich City related name for their new coffee which carries an extra strong kick.
Hayley Draper, who owns the coffee house on Wensum Street, near the city centre, said she has already had some good suggestions including On the Brew City and On the Bean City.
The new coffee blend, and the winner of the competition, will be announced on Tuesday to tie in with the Norwich City promotion parade.
Norwich City chocolate and specially brewed beers have also been created to celebrate the promotion.
A handmade chocolatier in Taverham has made a green and yellow chocolate bar to celebrate Norwich’s victory.
The owner of the business, Angela Ruthven, 67, pictured, wants people to recognise that Norwich City have done an amazing job. She said: “The bar is half green and half yellow. The chocolate is very unique with its citrus flavouring and is really good quality.”
Woodbastwick brewery Woodforde’s has released a beer to celebrate Norwich City’s promotion to the Premier League called Premier Crew.
The 4.1pc ale is available in a selection of Norwich pubs and made from Norfolk ingredients.
Click on the link to listen to the Norwich City promotion song.
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