St George’s Day celebration fun

SLAYING the dragon is just one of the many fun-filled family activities planned at Ollerton’s St George’s Day Celebration event.

On Sunday 21st April, the town of Ollerton and New Ollerton will recognise the patron saint of England for the eighth successive year with medieval fun and entertainment.

The day will be launched with a parade, led by St George and his squires, from the Town Hall area of Sherwood Drive before travelling through New Ollerton to the Hop Pole Hotel in the centre of Ollerton Village.

Here there will be plenty of stalls and activities taking place to keep the family entertained.

“Every year we have seen an increase in visitors,” said organising committee spokesman, Len Worrell. “Our visitors always give us good reports of the day and we are hoping to attract about 4,000 people to this year’s event.”

A committee has been working hard to organise the day in a bid to make it a success.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed that the sun will shine for us on Sunday,” added Mr Worrall. “There has been an awful lot of hard work and commitment put into making the day a success.”

There will be a slaying of the balloon dragon, archery, folk dancing and music from Heartsease and the Jolly Beggermen as well as country craft displays from the Jolly Bodgers.

Many visitors get dressed up as knights and damsels to add to the atmosphere.

“It’s all about good old fashioned family fun.”