England’s saint is brought to life at events

ON A CHARGER Matt King as St George on Murphy the horse at the Festival of St George in Stubbington.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (121409-1)
ON A CHARGER Matt King as St George on Murphy the horse at the Festival of St George in Stubbington. Picture: Paul Jacobs (121409-1)
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Ahost of patriotic events were held at the weekend to mark St George’s Day.

HMS Collingwood Royal Navy Volunteer Band performed at an event on Sunday at Eastoke Plaza, Eastoke Corner, on Hayling Island seafront to celebrate the patriotic day.

HEY NONNY NONNY The Hampshire Garland Morris Dancers in Stubbington.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (121409-6)

HEY NONNY NONNY The Hampshire Garland Morris Dancers in Stubbington. Picture: Paul Jacobs (121409-6)

The Martlet Sword and Morris Men also took to the stage at the event, and there was a performance of How St George Slew The Dragon which was written by the residents.

Hundreds took part in a fancy dress parade and the kids were kept entertained by a Punch and Judy show, magic show and wartime and patriotic songs with the Hayling Musical Society.

The names of 255 military personnel who died during the Falklands were also on display at the event, to tie in with the conflict’s 30th anniversary.

Meanwhile celebrations for St George’s Day were also being held at Stubbington Recreation Ground, Fareham.

Thousands gathered at the Festival of St George, organised by the Lions Club of Crofton, to enjoy performances from acts including the Titchfield Festival Theatre, Birnie Boozle Band, Gosport Bowmen and Hampshire Garland Morris Dancers.

Punch and Judy shows and a jester performance also took place at the event on Saturday.