Morley's St George's celebrations are still biggest and best!

SO IS Morley still England's most patriotic town? You bet it is!

Record-breaking crowds flooded into the town over the weekend as the glorious spring weather brought thousands of people out to celebrate St George during what is now believed to be the country's biggest celebration of its patron saint.

Saturday saw Morley town centre packed as shoppers spent the day enjoying the outdoor market while enjoying music from the Frumptarn Guggen Band, Morley High School African drummers and swing band and the Salvation Army and Gawthorpe brass bands.

The day was hosted by Radio Aire FM and its DJ Danny Lacey.

On Sunday hundreds of people watched as St George led the parade on horseback from Morley Town Hall to the rugby and cricket grounds on Scatcherd Lane.

Following behind St George and his dragon nemesis (as made by students from Bruntcliffe High School), were the Wing Band of the combined ATC cadets, many of Morley's Scout and Guide groups, the Air Cadets and Royal British Legion.

Once at Scatcherd Lane thousands more gathered to enjoy battle re-enactments from the Sealed Knot, a demonstration from the West Yorkshire Police Dog Section and an impressive falconry display.

One of the main organisers, Coun Joe Tetley, said it had been a fantastic weekend.

"Both myself and Keith Robinson (president of Morley Chamber of Trade, which organised Saturday's events) would like to thank the people of Morley for their support and for coming out at the weekend," he said.

"Now it's time to start thinking about 2010! Nobody in the country does this event like we do and I think we've proved that again."