The Norwich Civic Team photographed after the Mayor-making ceremony – © The Eye Snapper


A vibrant procession and service to celebrate the start of the civic year will recognise the roles of civic heads, local community leaders and volunteers on Sunday 10 June.

Residents across Norwich are invited to attend this colourful occasion, which begins at 10.30am at the front of City Hall, in honour of the new Lord Mayor, Councillor Martin Schmierer, and Sheriff, Ros Brown, of Norwich. The new civic heads and invited guests will congregate on the steps of City Hall before processing through the streets.

Based on historic pageantry, the procession of dignitaries dressed in traditional gowns, robes and prestigious regalia will create a spectacle in the city centre as they make their way to the City Service, held at Norwich Cathedral.

Joined by representatives from organisations such as the University of East Anglia and Norwich University of the Arts, as well as community leaders and volunteers, the civic procession will move along St Peters Street, towards Gaol Hill where it will be joined by the Norwich Whifflers and Snap the Dragon.

Together this impressive group will process along London Street, Bank Plain, Queen Street, then enter Ethelbert Gate into the grounds of Norwich Cathedral for a service led by the Dean of Norwich, the Very Reverend Jane Hedges to start at 11am.

Steeped in history, the service will formally welcome the new civics before a congregation made up of people representing the wider community.

All are welcome to enjoy the procession and church service, which promises to be a spectacular event.

Attendees are also welcome to join proceedings at the ‘Celebrating Volunteers Day’ event at the cathedral following the City Service, which will be opened by the Lord Mayor.

There will be some short-term road closures from 9.15 – 11am.  The route of the parade is from City Hall, Gaol Hill, London Street, Queens Street and The Cathedral. The roads will be closed as the parade approaches by security as a rolling road closure.