Family celebrations for St George on Saturday

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Rugby town centre will become a sea of red and white as it celebrates St George’s Day a few days early on Saturday from 11.30am to 2.30pm

The event, organised by Rugby First, will include plenty of activities including ‘have-a-go-jousting’ and flag-making to keep your brave knights and princesses occupied and entertained.

On the day children will be able to transform themselves by trying on armour from different historical periods, before mounting their trusty hobby horse and having a go at the noble art of jousting. Visitors can also make a flag or mask, have their face painted and cheer on brave St George or their favourite knight as they do battle with sword, shield and lance.

There will also be a chance to learn the art of scroll writing, listen to strolling musicians, watch birds of prey, enjoy a static motorbike display, see demonstrations of lathe turning, wooden spoon carving and basket weaving and munch on some roast hog.

A jester, children’s entertainer and ‘Punch and Judy’ will be on hand - and new for this year is the ‘Children’s Town Crier’ competition, perfect for those who like to shout and perform. The Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Katherine Lawrence, will open the celebrations with a ‘Toast to England’.

Rugby First managing director Aftab Gaffar said: “This year we have moved the St George’s Day celebrations from midweek to Saturday to allow more shoppers to enjoy the fun and festivities as well as allowing the parents and grandparents of those children involved the opportunity to watch them take part. The St George’s Day celebrations are already one of Warwickshire’s biggest and most popular and by doing this we should see the numbers continue to grow, which is great news for the town centre.”