Not a Bard day out as Leeds marks St George and Shakespeare

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There was plenty of red and white on display this weekend as Leeds martked St George’s Day and a Shakespearean milestone in style.

The annual St George’s Day parade in Morley drew huge crowds earlier tody (Sunday).

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

And the stage for the patriotic party weekend was set at Temple Newsam House on Saturday, where the stories of tragic lovers Romeo and Juliet and tortured King Macbeth were brought to life as part of a day of Shakespearean and Elizabethan-themed activities to mark 400 years since the death of the Bard.

Built in the 1500s, Temple Newsam was home to some of the country’s most prominent aristocratic families during Shakespeare’s time, including Lord Darnley, the ill-fated husband of Mary Queen of Scots.

Alongside the performances by Stories Alive, the event also featured Elizabethan dancing workshops and storytelling as well as the chance for younger visitors to have a go by dressing up or recreating their own plays with a puppet theatre.

Stories Alive’s Eden Ballantyne said of the playwright: “He may have been dead 400 years, but his words live on throughout Britain and the world.”

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Morley’s two-day celebrations have become so well-known that the town has been labelled the most patriotic in the country.

On Saturday, there was plenty of family friendly fun, with stalls, Punch and Judy shows, a fun fair and other attractions.

Then, on Sunday, a parade was held in the town, led by St George himself on horseback and a ‘dragon’.

Elsewhere in Leeds, visitors to Lotherton Hall were given the chance to follow in the footsteps of St George himself and join the hunt for dragons.

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Intrepid youngsters had the chance to follow clues around the Edwardian house and gardens as they searched for the mythical beast hiding somewhere in the grounds.

On Saturday, the George Cross was also flying at Leeds Civic Hall.

230416      Temple Newsam House visitor assistant  John Hemsley performing some puppet theatre for visitors  on Shakespeare day at Temple Newsam House on Saturday.  .(Gl1009/81g)

230416 Temple Newsam House visitor assistant John Hemsley performing some puppet theatre for visitors on Shakespeare day at Temple Newsam House on Saturday. .(Gl1009/81g)

230416      Temple Newsam House visitor assistants  Robert Lee (left)  and John Hemsley  on Shakespeare day at Temple Newsam House on saturday.  .(Gl1009/81g)

230416 Temple Newsam House visitor assistants Robert Lee (left) and John Hemsley on Shakespeare day at Temple Newsam House on saturday. .(Gl1009/81g)

Tom Kirk from Wakefield with his daughter Ella, watching  Pam and Alan Radford from the Leeds Waits playing some medieval music  on   Shakespeare day at Temple Newsam House on Saturday.  (Gl1009/81d)

Tom Kirk from Wakefield with his daughter Ella, watching Pam and Alan Radford from the Leeds Waits playing some medieval music on Shakespeare day at Temple Newsam House on Saturday. (Gl1009/81d)

Employees dressed in period costume for  Shakespeare Day at Temple Newsam House. (L-R)  Lynne Crispin, Nancy Taylor and Nikki Cairns .(Gl1009/81d)

Employees dressed in period costume for Shakespeare Day at Temple Newsam House. (L-R) Lynne Crispin, Nancy Taylor and Nikki Cairns .(Gl1009/81d)

Eden Ballantyne from Stories Alive getting ready to tell the story of Macbeth at Shakespeare Day.

Eden Ballantyne from Stories Alive getting ready to tell the story of Macbeth at Shakespeare Day.

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