More than 1,200 people have signed up to take part in Wellingborough’s flagship event, the Waendel Walk, this weekend.
This year’s event is the 33rd Waendel Weekend. It will feature walks covering distances from 5km to 42km.
The weekend will begin with a colourful parade through the town centre on Friday. From 5pm a traditional jazz band will start the festivities on stage outside The Castle, followed by speeches of welcome and a flag-raising ceremony.
The parade will leave The Castle at about 6.15pm and make its way along Commercial Way and Midland Road, up Victoria Road, on to Canon Street, along Church Street and down Sheep Street back to The Castle. From 6.30pm to 9.30pm there will be free entertainment from Dr Busker.
The celebrations will continue into the weekend, with talented young people entertaining the crowds on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and a free Saturday night party with music provided by local reggae band Unity.
The Waendel Beer Festival, which will feature 20 real ales and ciders, will begin at midday on Friday at All Saints Church Hall, Midland Road, and will run into the weekend.
More than 1,200 people have signed up for the Wellingborough Council-organised walks and thousands more are expected to register in the next few days or turn up on the day.
Cllr Peter Morrall, chairman of the council’s community committee, said: “We usually get more than 6,500 people taking part and it looks like this year will be the same. We’re all really looking forward to seeing old friends who come from all over the world year after year, and also meeting new people who may decide to give it a go for the first time.”
A rolling road closure will be in place throughout the Friday evening parade route from 6pm.