St George festival to be biggest yet

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ST George will be riding into town when the Crofton Lions hold their fifth annual festival for the patron saint of England.

And organisers are planning on the festival, held at the Stubbington recreation ground in Stubbington on Saturday, April 23, being the biggest and best yet.

The fun starts at 10am when there will be a children’s football match. Youngsters are also invited to dress up as princesses, knights and dragons.

St George is expected to arrive on his steed at 12.30pm when he will be greeted by the Mayor of Fareham to officially open proceedings, before prizes are given for the best fancy dress.

Also present will be Geoffrey Gould with his Punch and Judy show, historical re-enactment group Weorod demonstrating life in medieval times, Jonathon Jester and his apprentices, storytellers, the Bernie Boozle band and stalls.

There will also be pony rides, and an Easter egg hunt.

Group president Reg Norton said: ‘This is our fifth year now, and it’s a great day out – we’ve got so much going on.

‘And we’re making it a full week with things happening through to the Royal wedding.’

On the morning of Sunday, April 24, Minis and a host of British bikes will be meeting at the Red Lion pub at Stubbington Green for a drive out.

And there will also be 40 full-size England flags put up around the green, that will turn into union flags as the week goes on, in time for the wedding on Friday, April 29.