By George! It’s time for a parade

St Georges Day launch for Horley (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150420-100309008
St Georges Day launch for Horley (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150420-100309008

Thousands of people are expected go to Horley’s annual St George’s Day family fun day.

Horley Association of Traders (HATs) hopes 5,000 people will attend the annual event in the High Street on Saturday (April 25).

Caroline Hancock, one of the organisers, who lives in the centre of town, said: “To get 5,000 people again would be absolutely amazing.

“It’s been widely publicised and everyone’s really excited about the day.

“We’re expecting to be really busy.”

The event will run from 10am to 5pm.

Schoolchildren have submitted around 500 entries for a dragon colouring competition.

The winning entry will be announced on stage at 11.30am.

The Redhill Corps of Drums will lead a parade at midday.

James Baker, Caroline’s husband, will join the parade dressed as a St George’s dragon based on the child’s design.

He will build a nine foot-long wooden frame for the costume.

Bands from the Crawley and Horley area will play on stage from 12.30pm.

They will play popular classics, rock and traditional barn dances until 4.30pm. More than 40 stalls will put on games, food and drink. There will be a mini fun fair for children.

Caroline started volunteering for HATs after she moved to Horley three years ago.

She said: “The event has been gradually gaining momentum over the last few years.

“Each year we do it and it gets bigger and bigger because we have such a positive response from stalls who want to come again.”

HATs has run the St George’s day events for three years.

The community group of traders and volunteers works to improve footfall in town.

Caroline said: “I wanted to get involved in the community and met new people.

“It really is fantastic you get to know every body in the town.”

HATs has raised £10,000 to go towards Horley’s Christmas lights.

It also organises a Christmas event in December.

Gatwick Airport sponsored the stage.For more information on the event, contact horleyassociationoftraders@outlook.com