Fun and games as youngsters hit the High Street in Lewes Moving on Parade

THERE’S an appropriate theme to this year’s Moving On Parade in Lewes as the London Olympics looms – ‘Let The Games Begin’.

Some 500 children from 15 local schools will take to the streets in spectacular fashion on Friday, July 6.

They will transform Lewes High Street into a moving tide of amazing sculptures, music and dance inspired by the Olympics and the games and sports that the young people love to watch and play.

Watch in wonder as snakes and ladders comes to life, and giant-sized Roman chariots and Greek gods jostle for power as, around them, jousting knights, human-sized chess pieces and Cluedo characters, dragons and even Quiditch players weave their way through the county town.

The parade leaves The Paddock at 12.30pm, heads down Lewes High Street at 12.45pm, along West Street, and returns back to The Paddock at 1.20pm. Starfish bands will perform between 1.30-2.30pm at the Picnic in the Paddock to which everyone is invited.

Primary schools taking part in this, the 11th Moving On Parade, are Barcombe (snakes and ladders), Plumpton (water sport), East Hoathly (Roman chariot races with horses), Iford and Kingston (gymkhana), Wallands (Greek gods with a big Pegasus), Western Road (Monopoly), Lewes New School (chess with royal carriage), Pells (snakes and ladders), Laughton (Cluedo), St Pancras and Rodmell (pack of cards with a big joker), Southover (jousting knights with a big dragon), Firle (Quiditch) and South Malling (to be confirmed).

The procession marks and celebrates the transition of children from primary to secondary school. Each year an audience of approximately 2,000 people line the streets.