Will George slay the dragon again this year?

St George and the dragon in Downham Market for a previous year's celebrations. Picture: Matthew Ushe

St George and the dragon in Downham Market for a previous year's celebrations. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Archant

Crusaders, dragons and patron saints will take to the streets in a west Norfolk town for an epic battle to celebrate St George's Day.

At 11am on Tuesday, April 23, the annual St George's re-enactment will take place in Downham Market on the town square and will include a battle between the patron saint George and the dragon of Hilgay Fen.

A dragon has been slain in Downham Market on St George's Day since its inaugural event in 2011, with the event being aimed at school children but enjoyed by the whole family.

St George's Day has been celebrated on April 23 since the council of Oxford declared it in 1222, with St George becoming the patron saint of England in 1348.

Legend says St George killed a dragon, saved a princess and caused a whole village to convert to Christianity before he was martyred in 303 AD for his beliefs.


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