Wimborne’s Save the Children Christmas Parade is set to take place on Saturday December 10 after making a successful return last year.
It is a poignant time as Margery Ryan, whose idea resulted in the first parade in 1989, died earlier this year.
Her idea has grown from a handful of floats, with children carrying collection buckets, to 40 to 50 entrants together with a mini-funfair and music in the Square.
The parade has become a heart-warming community event with bands, walking groups, floats, scouts, guides, fire engines, schools, local organisations, vintage vehicles and the Militia, and will be joined by the mayor of Wimborne, a snow princess and Father Christmas.
Children will be able to whisper their Christmas wishes to Santa at East Dorset Museum and he will give them a small – free – early Christmas present.
Anyone who would like to take part in the parade or help in any way, including marshalling, should contact Alison Preston on 01202 889303 or Susie Gatrell on 01202 848897.