Town is ready to welcome St George

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Thousands of patriotic people are expected to storm into Morley this weekend to celebrate the town’s renowned St George’s Festival.

The annual two-day celebration has seen around 20,000 people visit the market town, which has become known as the most patriotic town in the country.

This year’s event kicks-off on Saturday with family friendly fun, with stalls planned for the length of the pedestrianised area of Queen Street with food, drink, gifts toys, jewellery and books.

There will be Punch and Judy shows and live entertainment, face painting, fun fair and donkey rides for the children, outdoor market, zumbathon and a steel band and much more. There will also be a live stage show with local acts including Phoenix dance, Shona Boocock Academy, Paige Smith, FISDAC Academy and Churwell Community Choir.

Then on Sunday, the popular parade, led by St George on horseback, will leave Morley Town Hall at 11.30am to arrive at the Scatcherd Lane cricketground at 11.45am where the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire will be present for the Swearing of the Oaths and National Anthem.

Throughout the day there will be many attractions including re-enactments, stalls, music, stage shows, fancy dress, bars and hot food.

Coun Bob Gettings, chairman of the Leeds/Morley branch of the Royal Society of St George, said: “Our event is one of the largest free community events in the North of England.

“A special thanks to Morley Centre Management, Morley Town Council, Chamber of Trade and Commerce CIC and Land Securities for their support.

“This years programme has something for everyone!

“Do join us and celebrate Englishness and what is good about living in England.”