St George’s Day – Morley gears up for street parade

April 20, 2012


On Monday it will be St George’s day. St George is of course the patron saint of England. Patriotism has not always been strong in the English Character, but in recent years the appeal of celebrating St George’s day has been growing.

st georges day celebrations

via flickr

Strangely St George’s day is not a public holiday in England, although there has been a lot of noise about making it so. In fact a campaign to make St George’s day a public holiday in England was begun on the UK government’s e-petition website and if 100,000 signatures are obtained before August 2012 the matter will be open for debate in the House of Commons – it’s not going very well at the moment though.

In the meantime St George’s celebrations tend to take place over the closest weekend.

Considered to be the most patriotic town in England, Morley, will be showing folks why it deserves that title this weekend as it gears up for its St Georges celebrations.

The final touches are being put in place for their St George’s festival which will draw thousands of visitors from across the country.

Although many towns and villages now have their own St George’s festivals, Morley remains the original and best, according to its organisers.

morley town hall

Morley Town Hall via Flickr

The festival will start in earnest on Saturday, April 21, with a street market and live entertainment in Morley’s town centre. The bands La Musica, who have just returned from a Far East tour, will headline, but there will also be music from the Morley Music Ensemble, the South Steel Band, Gemma Hopkinson, Dylan Brierley, Jamie Leigh Fish and the Air Training Corps Band.

Along with the music there will be craft and market stalls, Punch and Judy, face painting, all sorts of things to eat, fairground rides and whole load more.

Of course the main event is the parade on Sunday. The parade will start from Morley Town Hall and then head to the sports clubs on Scatcherd lane.

You might find Morely a little booked up this weekend, but it’s just 6 miles from Leeds and there are plenty of Leeds hotels to accommodate those with a patriotic heart.

If you are going to Morley or your having your own St Georges celebration let us know all about it in the comments below.


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