St George to visit Rugby

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Rugby town centre will become a sea of red and white as it celebrates St George’s Day from 11.30am to 2.30pm today (Saturday).

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

Children will be able to transform themselves into knights (and St George) by trying on armour from different historical periods, before mounting their trusty hobby horse and having a go at the noble art of jousting - a great photo-opportunity for mum, dad, granny and granddad. Alternatively children can 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.

Take a break from battling knights to try your hand at scroll writing or listen to strolling musicians. Enjoy birds of prey, the static motorbike display, demonstrations of lathe turning, wooden spoon carving, basket weaving and make sure you don’t miss out on the delicious hog roast

A jester, children’s entertainer and ‘Punch and Judy’ will be on hand to make your children laugh, dance, smile and jump for joy. 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 day with a ‘Toast to England’.

Aftab Gaffar, Rugby First managing director 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.

“Our St George’s Day celebrations are already one of Warwickshire’s biggest and most popular and it’s only going to get better.”