SLIDESHOW: Civic parade marches through streets of Rotherham

Soliders, councillors, members of the public and dignitaries including the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire marched through the streets of Rotherham today, for the annual Civic Parade and Service.

Led by the South Yorkshire Police Band the parade make its way to the Minster for an 11am service, led by the Vicar of Rotherham, Canon David Bliss.

The parade makes its way through the town centre

The parade makes its way through the town centre

A sermon was then given by the Rev. Jan Hardy, the former Vicar of Thorpe Hesley, who is now the Vicar of Barmby Moor, Irene Hartley, MBE, and Sarah Crossland, now of the National Churches Trust were among those who gave readings.

The parade included the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire and Mrs. Andrew Coombe, the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire and Mrs. John Holt, the Managing Director of Rotherham Council, Commissioner Stella Manzie, and the Leader of Rotherham Council, Cllr Chris Read.

Other dignitaries who took part included the Deputy Lord Mayor and Consort of Sheffield, Cllr Denise and Cllr Terry Fox; the Civic Mayor and Mayoress of Doncaster, Cllr Paul Wray and Mrs. Elizabeth Marsden; the Mayor and Mayoress of Barnsley, Cllr Brian Mathers and Mrs. Mary Mathers and the Mayor and Consort of Wakefield, Cllr June Cliffe and Mr. Jack Cliffe.

For the first time, Rotherham’s “Little” Mayor, took part.

This year it was Zoe Fathers of Dinnington, who will be Mayor for the Day later in the year in October.