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Annual St George’s day celebrations take place

PUBLISHED: 19:35 22 April 2018 | UPDATED: 19:35 22 April 2018

Thorpe St Andrew St George's Day celebrations 2018. Photo: Thorpe St Andrew Town Council.

Thorpe St Andrew St George's Day celebrations 2018. Photo: Thorpe St Andrew Town Council.

Thorpe St Andrew Town Council.

Families in Thorpe were among those across the region who held celebrations at the weekend ahead of St George’s Day.

Thorpe St Andrew St George's Day celebrations 2018. Photo: Thorpe St Andrew Town Council.Thorpe St Andrew St George's Day celebrations 2018. Photo: Thorpe St Andrew Town Council.

The annual celebration of English heritage and patriotism and is celebrated all over the country today, April 23.

Events started to take place in Norfolk over the weekend and organisers made the most of the weekend’s warm weather.

The day is marked with beer festivals, morris dancing and village fetes.

The annual celebration in Thorpe St Andrew took place yesterday at the town hall.

Thorpe St Andrew St George's Day celebrations 2018. Photo: Thorpe St Andrew Town Council.Thorpe St Andrew St George's Day celebrations 2018. Photo: Thorpe St Andrew Town Council.

Visitors were treated to a day full of events and activities, which organisers promised would to be “bigger and better than ever”.

Attendance was free and visitors spent the day with Black Knight Historical, where they saw the reenactment of the tale of St George and the dragon.

As well as medieval fights, there were cookery demonstrations and craft activities throughout the day.

For children, the day was filled with a fun fair, Punch and Judy show, a colouring competition and lots of stalls.

Thorpe St Andrew St George's Day celebrations 2018. Photo: Thorpe St Andrew Town Council.Thorpe St Andrew St George's Day celebrations 2018. Photo: Thorpe St Andrew Town Council.

Other activities included morris dancing, donkey rides, a dog show and the chance to try some beer created by Thorpe St Andrew Town Council - the Town Mayor’s Tipple, which was brewed by The Fat Cat Brewery.

In celebration of the town’s historic twinning, there was also the Mayor’s Mounty pale ale.

The neighbourhood plan group was also available to speak to residents about the draft policies and what the priorities are for the future of the town.

Food and drink were available to make it a proper family outing, with locally-sourced burgers and sausages from Claridge’s Catering, pizzas, waffles, jacket potatoes, ice cream and hot drinks too.

The date of St George’s day falls on the same day of the saint’s death. It was first declared as St George’s day in 1222 by the Council of Oxford. Since then, people all over have been recognising the patron saint of England, who legend says slayed a dragon, saved a princess and caused a whole village to convert to Christianity.

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