Join the crowds to cheer on St George

St. George's Day celebrations were held in Rugby town centre on Saturday with numerous stalls and attractions for all the family.''Pictured: Andy Mason
St. George's Day celebrations were held in Rugby town centre on Saturday with numerous stalls and attractions for all the family.''Pictured: Andy Mason
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DRAGONS watch out - St George takes to the streets of Rugby next week.

England’s patron saint, his trusted steed, dragons, birds of prey, crafts and medieval musicians will bring patriotic scenes of red and white to town as one of Warwickshire’s biggest and most popular St George’s Day celebrations returns.

The event, organised by Rugby First, will take place on Monday April 23, from 11am to 2.30pm.

Crowds are invited to cheer on St George as he battles with colourful dragons, created by local schoolchildren.

There will be dancing to a variety of music, including medieval group Brandy Wine Bridge.

There will also be an ancient ‘Mummers Play’ and short performances by children from Northlands Primary School.

Children will enjoy face painting and fun and games with Wally the Clown.

Also look out for the birds of prey and don’t miss out on craft demonstrations that include a pole lathe turner and basket weaver.

Joining the colourful celebrations for the first time will be the modern ‘knights of the road’, as local motorcyclists display their machines.

There will also be a hog roast.

Aftab Gaffar, Rugby First director of operations said: “Rugby’s first St George’s Day celebration was held in 2008 and since then it has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the biggest in the county.

“Businesses, local school children and visitors all come together to celebrate, as well as to have some fun.

“Events like this bring thousands of visitors into the town centre, providing a great boost to the local economy, which is particularly important in the current climate.”

Main attractions and timings for the day: 11am Brandy Wine Bridge (medieval musicians); 11.30am St George’s Day Mummers play; 11.55am music from Stephen Augustus; 12.30pm St George arrives and judges the dragons; 12.45pm Wally the Clown; 1pm Northlands Primary School performances; 1.30pm Re-enactment of St George and the Dragon; 2pm St George’s Day Mummers play; 2.30pm Bikers’ cavalcade