St George and his dragon are coming to town

jpco-25-4-12 St Georges Parade Crawley (Pic by Jon Rigby)
jpco-25-4-12 St Georges Parade Crawley (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Crawley and Horley are gearing up for the best St George’s Day ever as the two town’s prepare for their annual celebrations.

Hundreds of people turned out to the first ever Crawley parade last year.

This year the parade will be held on Sunday April 21 at 11am and will start at the entrance to County Mall. It will then wind its way through town via The Boulevard and the High Street and finish at the bandstand in Queens Square where live bands will entertain. There will also be Morris Dancing by Magog and a Punch and Judy show in Queens Square.

Richard Miller, who is helping to organise the day, said: “Last year we attracted a large crowd for both the parade and the performance on the bandstand. This year we hope for an even bigger turn out. Preparing an event is always hard work and many people on the committee, the participants, and our partners have worked hard to get this parade going. That hard work is worth it when we see the parade of happy people entertaining the crowd and celebrating the culture of Crawley.”

In Horley there will be fair ground rides, stalls, a bouncy castle and puppet shows to celebrate the day. The Horley Association of Traders (HATs), which is organising the event, is holding its celebration on Saturday April 20. The Horley Young People’s Centre (HYPC) has built an enchanted forest, castle and cave to accomodate St George, his dragon and princess. Families will be able to visit St George, dress up in medieval costume and have their photograph taken. The centre is also hosting a mobile petting farm where people can meet the animals. Grainne Casey, youth and community worker at HYPC, said, “We wanted to make St George’s Day in Horley extra special and we promise the atmosphere will be electric. The young people have done a great job and they really enjoyed learning new skills to create the enchanted forest, castle and cave.”

Terry Chellew, Chairman for HATs added: “The HYPC have done an outstanding job. Their efforts represent Horley’s strong community spirit and patriotism.”