Morley 2011 St George’s Day celebrations to fly flag

The 2010 St George's Day Parade and celebrations in Morley.
The 2010 St George's Day Parade and celebrations in Morley.
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ENGLAND’S self-proclaimed most patriotic town is to fly the flag for St George.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Morley on April 17 when it hosts one of the country’s biggest and best St George’s Day celebrations.

The event, which is organised by the Leeds branch of the Royal Society of St George, will begin with a parade from Morley Town Hall to the rugby fields, on Scratcherd Lane, from 11.30am.

St George on horseback will lead the parade of up to 1,000 people which will include army, air and sea cadets, scouts, cubs, brownies and guides, dignitaries and vintage vehicles.

Visitors can watch World War Two re-enactors recreate D-Day and there will also be a medieval camp, displays and falcons swooping overhead.

At least 80 archers from across Britain will compete in the Royal Armouries Golden Arrow Competition using traditional longbows.

The chairman of the society, Coun Joe Tetley, said: “We’re quite proud of it in Morley and St George’s Day is a really big thing.

“We have organised it for the last eight years and we are classed as the most patriotic town in England.”

Market stalls and entertainment will be held in the town centre on Saturday, April 16, to help kick-start celebrations.

St George has been the patron saint of England since around the 14th century and his emblem of a red cross on a white background was adopted by Richard The Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century.

Also flying the flag will be Headingley Carnegie Stadium when it hosts a celebration of all things English in aid of Mencap on Saturday, April 23, from 6pm.

Tickets for the four-course meal in Headingley Pavilion will cost £45.

To book tickets contact 0113 2033222 or email sales@leedsrugby.com.

laura.bowyer@ypn.co.uk

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