PREPARATIONS are well under way for nine days of quintessentially English celebrations.
Emsworth is going all out to celebrate St George’s Day with more than a week of events including a dragon boat race and sea shanties.
Charles Collingwood, a descendant of Admiral Collingwood, who plays Brian Aldridge in The Archers, will be popping by for potted shrimp at The Deck Cafe for a talk about his time in the long-running radio soap.
And the Elgar Society will give a talk about the works of one of the greatest English composers, Edward Elgar.
But one of the highlights for organiser Brendan Gibb-Gray will be the annual fundraising night at Spice Village.
For the second year running owner Abdul Ahad has promised all the takings from the night will go to the St George’s Week’s dedicated charity, the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund.
Last year’s event was a sell-out and raised £1,200 for the Army Benevolent Fund.
Mohamed Moniruzzaman, speaking on behalf of Mr Ahad who is in Bangladesh, said: ‘My boss is always very keen to help out in the communities where he has established businesses.
‘He is happy to make this donation to the soldiers’ charity for St George’s Day.’
Mr Gibb-Gray said he thinks the curry night will be a wonderful way to spend the evening and it will be one of his highlights of the nine days.
‘Eating great food and listening to the Emsworth Community Singers is a great way to celebrate St George’s Day,’ he said.
‘Abdul has been tremendously generous for offering to do this.
‘I’m also really looking forward to the Proms and the Elgar afternoon at the Brookfield.
‘St George’s week is an opportunity to remember the soldiers who have given their lives for us.
‘Most of us never come into contact with soldiers so the parade and march will be an opportunity to talk to them.’
Emsworth Business Association and Springfield care home sponsor the event.
ST GEORGE’S EVENTS
· Friday April 20: Best dressed shop finals
· Saturday April 30: Jazz night at Emsworth Community Centre with George Regis Jazz Band. Starts 7.30pm
· Monday April 23, 10.30am: Military Parade
11.30am: Phoenix Singers at the Community Centre
7pm: Curry at Spice Village
· Wednesday April 25
3pm: Deck Cafe at Emsworth Yacht Harbour – traditional afternoon tea
7.30pm: Springfield quiz night at the Brookfield Hotel
7.30pm: Sea shanties and supper at Emsworth Sailing Club
· Thursday April 26: Elgar Society presentation on the composer at the Brookfield Hotel
· Friday April 27: The Deck Cafe for an evening with Charles Collingwood who plays Brian Aldridge in The Archers.
· Saturday April 28: St James Church for the Emsworth Proms with the choir of St James. Will include music by Elgar.
· Sunday April 29: The Emsworth Arts Trail in The Square all day and the Dragon Boat Race takes place on the Mill Pond from 9am.