Mayor of Ripon’s diary with Coun Andrew Williams – plnety to do at Ripon’s ‘big day out’

The Long Meadow Care Home float passes through the Market Place in last year's St Wilfrid Procession.  (110730M2p)
The Long Meadow Care Home float passes through the Market Place in last year's St Wilfrid Procession. (110730M2p)

As I write this column I am beginning to cross my fingers for a fine day on Saturday.

The long range weather forecast is currently forecasting scattered showers so let us hope they scatter early on Saturday so that everyone can enjoy the St Wilfrid’s Procession.

With entertainment ranging from a steel band to Punch and Judy and from jugglers to face-painters plus a large screen showing coverage of the procession and all the action from the London Olympics there will be plenty to do on the Market Square all of Saturday.

That is without the spectacle of the procession itself which will make its first passage through the Market Square at 2pm as it follows the traditional route.

There will be a concert starting at 7pm and a firework finale at 11pm to round off the day.

Without the help from sponsors staging all of this would have been impossible and the procession committee is exceptionally grateful.

Each year the committee needs to raise £15,000 to stage the procession and the process for raising funds for next year literally starts on Saturday.

The donations placed into the buckets along the route along with the raffle tickets purchased on Saturday provide the foundations for planning for 2013.

I know for many money is tight and that many are feeling the squeeze from the recession, but please – if you watch the procession give as generously as you can if you want to see the procession continue.

If everyone watching gave £1 then we could raise much of the money needed to stage the event next year.

I hope the rain stays away and that everyone has a great day, particularly those who have entered floats or are taking part in the procession itself.

The start of the school holidays means that my diary has been much quieter than usual which has provided an opportunity to catch up with dealing with issues raised by constituents.

I am hoping that the yellow paint marking the defects in our roads, which I highlighted to North Yorkshire County Council, will be repaired with a better quality repair than highlighted by Mrs Weeks in her letter to the Gazette last week.

There is no point doing a cheap bodge job in the short-term which merely leads to more work sooner than later.

The lull in the diary has also provided an opportunity and to spend a little time relaxing watching the Olympics.

The trouble is once you sit down it’s difficult to tear yourself away from the TV – then again, perhaps it is a man thing!