Parade and day of patriotic fun for St George

Military parade by 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, through Emsworth to mark St Georges Day in 2012.  ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (121436-089)
Military parade by 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, through Emsworth to mark St Georges Day in 2012. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (121436-089)
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
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LIVE music and great food will help patriots celebrate St George’s Day.

Events are to take place in Emsworth and Hayling Island to mark England’s national day.

Councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray is encouraging veterans to take part in the annual parade through Emsworth town centre on April 23.

It begins at 10am and involves both 12 Regiment and 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, from Thorney Island. Children from the island’s military school, Thorney Island Primary, will also march with their parents.

Cllr Gibb-Gray said: ‘This year is special because it marks 60 years since the end of the Korean War. I would encourage any veterans of the war to march on the day, they will be most welcome.

‘They, along with the other veterans and serving soldiers will be presented with the Emsworth Rose.’

The George Regis Band will kick off proceedings while the crowds and the Royal Logistics Band will lead the parade.

On the evening before, the now-traditional Big Curry Night will take place at Spice Village, in The Square.

The owners hold the event as part of the St George’s Day celebrations and donate all the money from ticket sales and the bar to chosen charities which this year are St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Emsworth and The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook.

Over in Hayling, the celebrations will take place on the Sunday before St George’s Day, April 21.

They begin at midday with displays from Solent Overlords Military Vehicles, Hayling Legends and Classic Cars.

At the Eastoke Plaza, Hayling Musical Society will be thrilling visitors with wartime and patriotic songs, and there will also be music provided by Out of the Shadows.

Entertainment will come from the Martlett Morris Men and for children there will be a Punch and Judy and a magic show.

A Sunset Ceremony will take place at 6.30pm with music from the popular HMS Collingwood Volunteer Band.

All the money raised at the event through donations will go to the Hayling Island First Responders who are volunteers who provide first aid in emergencies – often before ambulances can get there.

For more information go to haylingforstgeorge.co.uk.

To buy tickets for the Emsworth Big Curry Night contact Cllr Gibb-Gray on 01243 377355.