South Leeds: Morley gears up for St George’s Day

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IT is known as the most patriotic town in England and next weekend, Morley will show just why it deserves that title.

The town is putting the final touches to its preparations for next weekend’s St George’s Festival which will draw thousands of visitors from across the county and beyond.

Although the event has been much copied, Morley’s remains the original and the best, according to its organisers.

Coun Judith Elliott, the Mayor of Morley and President of the Leeds Branch of the Royal Society of St George, said: “Thousands turn up although we don’t really have accurate numbers because the site is so big but more people want to join the parade every year which is just wonderful.

“Morley is certainly the place to celebrate St George’s Day.

“We have found we are having to book people earlier and earlier though because a lot of other places are taking a leaf out of our book in Morley and organising their own events but we still have more coming to us and that indicates to me that we are the forerunner.”

The fun will start on Saturday, April 21, with a market and live entertainment in Morley Town Centre.

The president of the Morley Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Keith Robinson, said: “We have got a stage with some really good entertainment, headliners are La Musica who are just back from a Far East tour, there is the Morley Music Ensemble, the South Steel Band, Gemma Hopkinson, Dylan Brierley, Jamie Leigh Fish and the Air Training Corps Band.”

Among the attractions will be craft and market stalls, Punch and Judy, face painting, burgers and hot dogs, ice cream and candy floss, fairground rides, donkey rides, a classic cars display and a tombola.

“It is the most fantastic day and is the best St George’s Day celebration in England, so we have been told. Everybody should have a really good time,” said Mr Robinson.

The main event is on Sunday when there will be a parade from Morley Town Hall to the sports clubs on Scatcherd Lane and a full afternoon of family fun.

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