Hundreds of people lined the street to cheer on loved ones taking part in the Ricky Week parade.

The 65th annual parade in Rickmansworth took place on May 11.

The parade included town crier Jonathan Carmichael, the fire service, the young Ricky champions, Phoenix Morris Dancers and the Chesham All Girls Band.

Awards were given out to community members for the work they have done: Caroline Pearce was awarded the Kay Mendelssohn Cup for her work for St John’s Ambulance.

She said: “I felt very humbled to have received the award.

“I feel it is the volunteers in our St. John Ambulance Unit who deserve the recognition for the work they do as well.

“I am very proud to have received the same cup my Mum was awarded as she helped to make the Unit what it is today and remains an inspiration to me and to many others.

Cllr Phil Williams presented medals to the young Ricky champions, who were honoured for their contribution to the community.

The young champions for this year were Ethan Sumpter and Jenna Shilling-Bawden.

Ethan was nominated by his school St Mary’s C of E Primary School for his charitable efforts with helping the homeless by arranging children to bring items into school to donate to New Hope.

Ethan said: “I was so surprised when I found out my school had nominated me, I never thought I would win.”

Jenna was put forward by her scout leaders to show commitment to scout association values for the past eight and a half years.

There were also walking floats including young people involved in guiding, scouting, St John’s Ambulance, Rickmansworth taekwondo, youth rugby club and schools.

Girls from the 8th Rickmansworth Brownies wore their bright red kit and gold medals of the GB Women’s hockey team.

Leader Ali Hampton said: “We based our theme on the current sporting success of Team GB women to encourage our girls to celebrate equality for women.”

The group of 45 girls also appeared as champion footballers, rugby and tennis players and boxers and swimmers whilst St John’s Ambulance badgers and cadets dressed as various colourful animals.

The festivities are still to continue with the 26th Rickmansworth Waterways Trust Canal festival at the Aquadrome over the weekend from May 18 to 19.