VIDEO AND PICTURES: St George's Day in Dartford and Gravesend

News Shopper: Left to right: left to right: Dartford Mayor-elect Councillor Avtar Sandhu, Judy Blues and Mayor's escort Denzil Reynolds. Left to right: left to right: Dartford Mayor-elect Councillor Avtar Sandhu, Judy Blues and Mayor's escort Denzil Reynolds.

Dartford and Gravesend both celebrated St George’s Day in style with a pair of parades.

More than 1,000 young people from 21 schools in Gravesham took part in the celebrations on Wednesday (April 23).

Organisers Gravesham Council and the Kent Equality and Cohesion Council celebrated England’s patron saint and brought together the diverse communities of the borough.

The parade in Gravesend featured pupils from schools across Gravesham and there were performances from Premier Brass Band, West Hills Morris Dance Troupe and Four by Four Dhol Drummers.

In Dartford the council handed out free hog roast, flags and quizzes testing resident’s knowledge of England.

Stage performer Judy Blues, who lives in Princes Avenue, got right into the spirit with a St George’s cross cape and a dragon puppet. The 53-year-old said: "I didn’t do anything last year so I thought I’d catch up big time this year.

"It’s a tradition and people should celebrate it."

 

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2:29pm Thu 24 Apr 14

joertmclark says...

It's so great to see so much patriotism for St. George's Day. Let's hope this continues to grow in the way that patriotism has for St. Patrick's Day.
It's so great to see so much patriotism for St. George's Day. Let's hope this continues to grow in the way that patriotism has for St. Patrick's Day. joertmclark
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3:27pm Thu 24 Apr 14

ron.1952 says...

Mayor's escort, yes put Ronny down for that job.... rolls eyes.


Ronny x
Mayor's escort, yes put Ronny down for that job.... rolls eyes. Ronny x ron.1952
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11:39am Fri 25 Apr 14

the wall says...

The Anglican and Catholic calendars celebrate Saint George's Day on the first Monday after Easter Week (28 April 2014).
The Anglican and Catholic calendars celebrate Saint George's Day on the first Monday after Easter Week (28 April 2014). the wall
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1:05pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Gold and Silver says...

Should be a national holiday!
Should be a national holiday! Gold and Silver
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