Town prepares to fly the flag for St George

Morley St George's Day Parade.
Morley St George's Day Parade.

Plans for this year’s St George’s Day celebrations in Morley have been revealed.

A two day festival will take place over the weekend of April 25 and 26 with a street fete on the Saturday before the traditional civic parade on Sunday.

Thousands are expected to turn out for the town’s celebration of England’s patron saint, famous for supposedly slaying a dragon in an act of heroism.

On the Saturday, Queen Street will play host to a stage show which will feature a number of family-friendly activities including a zumbathon, local singers, a dance troupe and a circus workshop.

On April 26, 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 available.

St George’s Day celebrations have become a significant event in the Morley calendar in previous years, with turnouts for the party remaining high regardless of the weather.

Town events manager Rachael Kennedy said: “Both the St George’s Committee and Morley Chamber are busy preparing for the annual St George’s Festival Weekend this April and we look forward to welcoming local residents and visitors alike as they flock to the popular activities. We very much hope as many people will visit Morley during the weekend to participate and enjoy what promises to be the best festival yet!

It’s a year in the planning and always a tremendous success especially if the sun shines!”

Local brass bands are also wanted to take part in the street festival. For any interested parties contact Rachael Kennedy at morleyevents@live.co.uk.