For St George and Ollerton

PATRIOTIC Ollerton residents will be flying their flags with pride on Sunday as part of the town’s annual St George’s Day celebrations.

The town will be transformed into a sea of red and white throughout the day with a host of community events planned to celebrate England’s national day.

The theme for this year’s event will see folk looking back to the dawn of the 20th Century and the birth of modern society.

Highlights include a sculpture procession from more than 300 Ollerton children who have been working with theatre group Blunderbus and Royal British Legion.

They will be parading the 15ft Angel Of Ollerton, symbolic of hope and unity, which takes its inspiration from the Angel of Mons story from the First World War where St George, it is said, appeared in the guise of an angel and saved British troops from a German onslaught.

There will also be a seven metre-long dragon made out of recycled materials by staff at Recycling Ollerton and Boughton as well as workshops about the work of the Royal British Legion.

The procession with St George, drummers and the sculpture starts at noon at Ollerton Town Hall and will make its way through the town to The Hop Pole, where the crowd will be entertained by performances around the sculptures and by local acts, music and folk dance.

Sherwood Forest Trust’s Ade Andrews said: “Ollerton is flying the red and white banner of England and is leading the way for the rest of the country to follow.

“For six years now, a group of plucky people have shown the resilience, foresight and fortitude to work doggedly to rekindle that community spirit behind the figure-head of St George.”