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Waving the flag of pride for Gloucester

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: August 22, 2009

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GET READY to wave the flag for Gloucester – that's the message from the organisers of a new celebration of civic pride.

The Gloucester Day parade will take place through the city centre on Saturday, September 5.

A new flag bearing the city's crest has been made especially for the parade.

It will start at Constitution Walk, and make its way along Eastgate Street and into Westgate Street.

It will then head through the grounds of Gloucester Cathedral to join Northgate Street and onto King's Square.

At the square, speeches will be made before the parade move back onto Northgate Street and along Southgate Street before ending at the Brunswick Baptist Church.

Town Crier Alan Myatt, who is helping to organise the event, said: "We thought to ourselves, how are we going to flag up pride in the city when we do not even have a flag to wave at the procession.

"The only flag in the city flies at the North Warehouse, or at the Guildhall on special occasions.

"Therefore we have had this one specially made, and it will be leading the parade.

"A member of TS Gloucester, the sea cadets, will be given the honour of carrying the flag.

"We are hoping there will be a couple of hundred people in the parade, so it should be a great day."

Coun Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: "I think that the flag is the ultimate expression of the city's identity, and having this one leading the Gloucester Day parade is another example of the city regaining our self confidence."

The parade takes place on the traditional Gloucester Day, a celebration that dates back to the 17th Century and Gloucester's role in the English Civil War.

The date marks the end of the siege of Gloucester in 1643, when the city successfully held out against Royalist forces for more than two weeks.

Gloucester Day was celebrated for hundreds of years, but the tradition died out in the last century.

Now the organisers of the parade hope they can make it a date in the calendar once more.

Mr Myatt added: "We want to flag up pride in Gloucester's heritage and history, whether it be civic, military, commercial, community or faith."

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    James, Stroud  |  August 26 2009, 10:00PM

    So, this is a march for people proud of Gloucester? I bet they will be able to get every participant over a pedestrian crossing in one go!

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    Exasperated, GLOS  |  August 23 2009, 11:38AM

    A sorry reflection on the dreadful state Gloucester finds itself in when our council need to have a flag made and whoop up interest in a nonsense day- which serves no purpose nor has any significance given the challenges facing our once proud, clean and respected City.