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Saint George's Day celebrations parade through Dartford and Gravesend
APRIL showers failed to dampen spirits as hundreds turned out in Dartford and Gravesend to celebrate Saint George’s Day.
Thousands of school children paraded through both towns as patriotic supporters lined the streets waving the flag of Saint George yesterday (April 23).
Live music and street performers accompanied the parades and youngsters carried hand-crafted models of Saint George and a dragon, to symbolise the monster he slayed according to the twelfth century myth.
The Mayor of Gravesham, Councillor Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi thanked children when they arrived in the town’s Community Square while Councillor Eddy Lampkin, the Mayor of Dartford, congratulated youngsters at the band stand in Central Park.
Gurvinder Sandher, director of Kent Equality Cohesion Council who organised the event said: “I was overwhelmed with the positive feedback we received not only from those taking part but also members of the public I spoke to.
“I believe it’s important for communities to come together and celebrate events like Saint George’s Day.
“Next year I’m keen to expand beyond Gravesham and Dartford to other parts of Kent.”