Once dubbed “The most patriotic town in England,” Morley is gearing up to live up to that hard-earned reputation this weekend.
The annual St George’s Festival always brings crowds out in their thousands and attracts visitors from across Yorkshire and beyond. It is believed to be one of the largest celebrations of the nation’s patron saint anywhere in England.
A two day festival will take place over Saturday and Sunday with a street fete opening Saturday’s event, before the traditional civic parade takes place on Sunday.
Queen Street will also play host to a stage show on the Saturday, which will feature a number of family-friendly activities including a zumbathon, local singers, a dance troupe and a circus workshop.
On Sunday, uniformed personnel and a marching band will lead the procession from the town hall down Scatcherd Lane to Morley Rugby Club, where there will be a rugby tournament, archery, falconry and food and drink.
The bad news is that showers are forecasted to fall on Saturday, though the weather is expected to clear and brighten up in time for the parade. Nevertheless, turnout for the festival has remained high in recent years, regardless of the conditions.
Town events manager Rachael Kennedy said she was expecting an increase in the number of visitors to the parade this year.
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. Everything’s in place and we’re all looking forward to it.”
A service will take place on Thursday at Leeds Minister to celebrate the day at 7.30pm, featuring music from the Drighlington Band.