well the day started off dry so we thought we would do the Dickens. As a member of the Lions Club I never did see it properly as I was normally working on the Bacon Butty stall in the Moat.
First I bumped into old Fagin, who looked as usual, he never seems to change from one year to the next. but is always a very likeable character.
# The parade was lead by a piped band as usual.
Followed closely by the drunken Sailors.
Dont remember this chap before with all his chains.
# Bring on the Edwardian girls.
Away from the parade, folks take a lot of effort to look the part.
It is very difficult to get these lovely ladies without distraction. I thought this was a good shot until I noticed the girl eating a Burger.
This one really made me laugh, all in period costume and the girl in the middle sucking a cornet.
A favourite of mine is the Town crier on the steps of the Cathedral. He always had a story to tell after his proclamations.
This lot made me laugh in there bloomers.
1998 Parade winner, come to think of it that's 14 years ago. She loved the white Roses so after talking to her I took this with them in the background.
Finally., I took this of the Edith May coming in to the quay. She was doing trips up and down the river, it was great to see her again.
We strolled back into the Castle Gardens and it started to rain, such a shame after all the work that went into the Festival. With that we made our way back to the car after having a GREAT day in Rochester, well worth the effort.
Notice the # is a couple of the pictures, Sue had a go bless her.
Hope you enjoyed it.
Thanks for looking.
nite nite, luv Mike XX