Friday, 20 April 2012


This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
By George! We know how to celebrate patron saint
A bumper weekend of events to celebrate England's patron saint is to take Leicestershire by storm – whatever the weather.
St George's Day will be marked on Saturday with an afternoon of music and activities in and around Leicester's Cultural Quarter.
This year's theme, Kings and Queens of England, is to herald the forthcoming celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Youngsters dressed as knights and princesses, craft events, maypole dancing and circus skills sessions will feature as part of the festivities which centre on Orton Square, outside Curve.
Assistant city mayor Councillor Piara Singh Clair said: "This will be a wonderful celebration in the city and I'm sure lots of people will enjoy the attractions on offer."
The celebrations will be launched at noon by Leicester's Lord Mayor, Coun Rob Wann and a performance from the Leicester Morris Men.
Walkabout characters, street arts and performers, a ceilidh hosted by Leicester's Red Fox Band and dancers will also be in the Cultural Quarter.
Musicians of all ages can bring instruments to join in a session at the LCB Depot, in Rutland Street.
A prize dragon hunt will take visitors to all the venues, key sites and main events in the area.
In the county, Hinckley will host a children's craft workshop, street theatre featuring St George and the dragon, morris dancing and a town centre Find the Flag hunt.
Coalville's celebrations include St George, his dragon and damsel in distress in the Belvoir shopping centre from 10.30am to 2.30pm, tunes from Leicestershire Co-op Brass Band and a dragon mask-making workshop.
In Loughborough, all-girl morris dancing group Bare Bones Morris will perform at the market.
On Sunday, two Scout groups will parade in Leicester to renew their promise, in honour of their founder and to show respect to the Queen.
Celebrations continue on Monday at Leicester Market from 11am, with displays, a knight tournament, medieval craft demonstrations, authentic medieval games and a re-enactment of St George rescuing a maiden from the dragon at 12.15pm and again at 2pm.
Andrew Cardwell, 37, of Thurmaston, said: "It's good to see so many things organised for St George's Day. Compared with St Patrick's Day, there is usually nothing at all."
David Garnett, 60, of Oadby, said: "I'll probably wear a red rose and go down to the pub and celebrate."

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