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Lord Mayor's Procession put back to avoid World Cup clash

PUBLISHED: 16:46 04 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:10 05 July 2018

The new time means people in Norwich will not have to choose between the procession and the England game                            Picture: Antony Kelly

The new time means people in Norwich will not have to choose between the procession and the England game Picture: Antony Kelly

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One of Norwich's most eagerly awaited annual events has been rescheduled to avoid a clash with England's World Cup quarter final match.

The Lord Mayor’s Procession draws thousands to the streets of Norwich every year, but after England’s heroic penalty win on Tuesday night, the Three Lions have a quarter final date with Sweden that could overlap with the event on Saturday.

Subsequently, organisers have decided to put back the procession by an hour, now starting at 6pm.

England’s quarter final match will kick off at 3pm, meaning that even with extra-time and penalties the match should be all over before the procession starts.

The Lord Mayor’s 5k Road Race has also been put back an hour to 5.45pm.

Helen Selleck, Norwich City Council’s culture and events manager, said: “The Lord Mayor’s Celebration always happens on the first weekend of July and is planned many months in advance.

“We have a weekend full of entertainment to look forward to, and a win for England would be the icing on the cake.”

This year’s event celebrates all things circus, as part of Norwich’s role as a Circus 250 host city.

The full schedule for the weekend can be found at www.norwich.gov.uk/lmc.

Our coverage of the Lord Mayor’s Celebration is brought to you in association with First Buses.

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