Condor Liberation Cavalcade
Set to be the biggest of recent years, the Condor Liberation Cavalcade will start from four different departure points that all convene at the Salerie Corner to drive south down the Glategny Esplanade, across the Weighbridge Roundabout and down the seafront to Castle Emplacement where it will turn to complete its return journey.
THE FOUR DEPARTURE POINTS ARE:
- 14:00 Le Vaugrat campsite at L’Islet – for the 135 pre 1946 military vehicles – from Guernsey, England, Switzerland, Germany and Holland
- 14:00 Bulwer Avenue – for the handcrafted floats and Guernsey vintage and classic tractors and bicycles
- 14:30 L’Ancresse – for the pre 1945 historic civilian vehicles including vintage cars motorcycles plus a representation of the Worshipful Company of Carmen who are visiting Guernsey for the first time
- 14:30 Salerie Corner – for the Guernsey Majorettes, Guernsey Scout Band and Boys Brigade Band and pedestrians
The Condor Liberation Cavalcade will be preceded by the Cavalcade Military Parade which will march off from Salerie Corner at 14:00 and will consist of:
- Bugles and Drums of the Stedfast Association (BADOTSA)
- serving military personnel from HMS Northumberland and Daring
- 3rd Battalion Princess of Wales Royal Regiment (PWRR) and the Ghurkhas
- local and visiting veterans including the Chelsea Pensioners, and the Guernsey Standard Bearers.
“The importance of the 70th anniversary of Liberation Day has clearly captured the imagination of pre 1945 vehicle and motorcycle enthusiasts, parishes, schools, charities and community groups both within and outside the Bailiwick of Guernsey.” said Jeff Vidamour, Cavalcade Director and Board Member of the Culture and Leisure Department. “I am delighted that we will have the biggest Liberation Cavalcade of recent years and the commitment and sponsorship from Condor Ferries means that all the hand-crafted floats will receive a grant to help create their floats. We are hoping that Guernsey will line the east coast to watch what promises to be a magnificent Condor Liberation Cavalcade.”
For a full list of all the Cavalcade entries please click here.
CECIL DE SAUSMAREZ “V” TROPHY
The prestigious silver Cecil de Sausmarez “V” trophy will be awarded to the winning Cavalcade float.
Cecil de Sausmarez, nephew of Sir Havilland de Sausmarez, a former Bailiff of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, worked as a member of the political war executive during WWII and was responsible for the development of the “V for Victory” sign. As a result of Cecil’s work, the V has become recognised the world over as an international symbol of victory and freedom.
Handcrafted floats have been entered by the parishes of St Andrews, Forest, St Pierre du Bois, St Peter Port, Vale, St Martins and Torteval; the primary schools of Hautes Capelles and La Hougette; community groups of Guernsey Scouts, Guernsey Air Cadets & Air Scouts and Guernsey Voluntary Service; family entries from the Lucas, Robert and Littlefair & Le Noury families, plus individual entries from Clic Sargeant, Les Fauconnaires & Le Hechet Farm, Guernsey Rabbit and Cavy Club and Les Danseurs De L’Assembllaie Guernesais.
THE 2015 JUDGING PANEL
The judges are Francis Quinn, Board Member Culture & Leisure Department, Rollo de Sausmarez, descendant of Cecil and current Chairman of the Guernsey Bicycle Group (GBG) and a representative from Cavalcade sponsor Condor Ferries.
The winning float will be publically announced on Monday 11 May 2015.
CAVALCADE ENTRANT CATEGORIES
Full details in the separate Condor Cavalcade leaflet (click here)
Class 1 Pedestrians
Class 2 Decorated Bicycles and Wheelchairs
Class 3 Bicycles (pre 1946)
Class 4 Military Vehicles, Motorcycles and Lanz Bulldog Tractors (pre 1946)
Class 5 Historic Civilian Vehicles and Motorcycles (pre 1946)
Class 6 Tractors
Class 7 Floats – excluding Parishes, Public Services and Commercial Businesses
Class 8 Parish Floats
Class 9 School, Charity and Community Group Floats
Spectators will be able to see the Condor Liberation Cavalcade from a variety of viewing points down the east coast including Bulwer Avenue, Les Banques, Salerie Corner and Glategny Esplanade as well as along the Sea Front in St. Peter Port as far as Castle Emplacement.
Raked seating will be available, at no charge and on a first-come-first-serve basis, in the bus terminus. The seating is on an incline and small children and the elder generation are asked to take special care when getting up to and down from the raked seating.
Additional flat level seating for those with mobility challenges, including wheelchair users, will be located in front of Le Picquet House. This area will be strictly reserved for those who most need it but seats and wheelchair spaces will be on a first-come-first served basis.
Upon completion of its route at 3.30pm approximate, the Condor Liberation Cavalcade will form static displays until approximately 5pm:
- Salerie Corner: the pre 1945 military vehicle groups the hand crafted floats and vintage and classic tractors
- North Beach: the historic civilian vehicles along with the Blue Knights motorcycles plus the post 1945 vehicles of the Worshipful Company of Carmen.
“We are extremely proud that Condor Ferries has served the Channel Islands for more than 50 years. Our sponsorship of the Condor Liberation Cavalcade is an extension of the commitment to and relationship with the island community in a year that both marks the 70th anniversary of Liberation Day and the service commencement of our 102m new ship Condor Liberation.”
Steve Champion-Smith, Executive Director, Condor Ferries
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