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It's RAG time

Press release issued: 27 February 2002

It's RAG time

Traffic will come to a standstill in parts of Bristol on Saturday afternoon [March 2] when Bristol University's 77th Annual RAG (Raising and Giving) Procession hits the streets.

Taking part in the procession for the first time are the Keynsham Cavalier Youth Marching Band and the Starlight Majorettes.

Other participants include floats decorated by student halls of residence and the Drama and Pantomime societies. Classic cars from Bristol's MG Owners Club and Mini Cooper Club and a selection of military vehicles, through the participation of the Severnside Military Vehicle Trust, will also take part in the revelry.

The procession is the climax to a week of fundraising. Members of the public can give donations during the procession. Look out for RAG volunteers carrying a bucket and wearing RAG t-shirts, which have been donated by the University's Alumni Foundation.

The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Brenda Hugill, will open the procession on the Downs, Parry's Lane,
at 1 pm. The floats will proceed down Whiteladies Road to the Triangle, down Park Street and around Broadmead before making their way up Park Street to finish at the Students' Union on Queen's Road
at about 4 pm.

Alex Durbidge, RAG Officer, said: 'The procession has been an annual tradition for 77 years and will mark the end of RAG Week.

'RAG Week consists of activities organised by University students in aid of local charities. Last year's RAG Week raised £8,000, with £1,200 raised during the procession itself. We look forward to welcoming local people to the festivities.'

For further information contact Lee Williamson, RAG Vice-Chair and Procession Co-ordinator, on Bristol 954 5879 or mobile 07779 621250.

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Copyright: 2001 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Wednesday, 27-Feb-2002 14:42:05 GMT

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