South Leeds: Morley set to fly the flag for St George

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Thousands of patriotic residents are set to line the streets of Morley to celebrate its annual St George’s Day extravaganza.

The two day festival, which gets underway tomorrow, (April 25) will see a celebration of all things English in the south Leeds town.

The town centre will be taken over by a festival and family fun day, which has been organised by the Morley Chamber of Trade and Commerce, in an effort to embrace the best of the country’s heritage.

The festival on Queen Street will feature a number of family-friendly activities including a zumbathon, local singers, a dance troupe and a circus workshop.

Thousands of people are set to march their way through the town as part of the traditional civic parade which sets off from the Town Hall on Sunday morning.

Uniformed personnel and a marching band will lead the patriotic procession from the town centre along Scratcherd Lane before finishing at Morley Rugby Club.

Among the activities at the club will be a rugby tournament, archery, falconry and food and drink.

Town events manager Rachael Kennedy said she was expecting an increase in the number of visitors to the highlight of the town’s events calendar.

She said: “This is one of the largest events in Morley’s calendar and we’re anticipating that this will be the biggest and best yet.

“A lot of work goes in all year round and it all comes together this weekend.

She added: “Everything’s in place and we’re all looking forward to it.”

WHO WAS SAINT GEORGE?

St George’s Day is the feast day of Saint George and the National Day for England.

A traditional custom on St George’s Day is to wear a red rose but this is no longer widely practised.

St George’s Day is celebrated on April 23 every year, which is the traditionally accepted date of St George’s death in 303 AD.

There have been debates over the years about whether St George’s Day should be celebrated as a national holiday with people getting the day off work.

Not much is actually known about our patron saint. He is thought to have been born in Turkey and was also a soldier in the Roman Army.

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