England and the bard are celebrated

SWORD FIGHT Above, Steve Barlton as St George fighting Noel Carrigan.       Pictures: Paul Jacobs (111436-5)
SWORD FIGHT Above, Steve Barlton as St George fighting Noel Carrigan. Pictures: Paul Jacobs (111436-5)
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THERE was a celebration of all things English to mark St George’s Day and Shakespeare’s birthday at Port Solent.

With stalls showing off the best of local food and crafts at a specialist market, medieval knights recreating battle scenes and live folk music performances, Port Solent drew the crowds.

ENTRALLED Crowds watching the fighting.     (111436-7)

ENTRALLED Crowds watching the fighting. (111436-7)

Samantha Golden, the centre manager, said: ‘This has turned into something of an annual event for us. We want it to be a festival of Englishness, and we always run it on the actual day, April 23, but it is awfully helpful when that falls on the weekend and the weather is so good.

‘We had an absolutely brilliant day. I don’t think that as a country we do enough – the Irish go bonkers for St Patrick’s Day and the Welsh celebrate St David’s Day, but for some reason we are way behind in England. I think we’re catching up, though.

‘People were telling us that they loved it and were saying it’s about time there was something like this, I think the spirit of St George is alive and well in Portsmouth.’

For more information about upcoming events go to portsolent.com