St George, the Patron Saint of England is celebrated in style across Nottingham every year. Parades, storytelling, medieval crafts, are all just the beginning of what this year had in store.
On the 23rd April, every year, the country waves their white flags embellished with the recognisable red cross, to commemorate St George, a symbol of English culture.
This year Nottingham’s parade, 5000 strong, organised by The Royal Society of St George set off from Forest Recreation Ground and made it’s way to arrive in Market square where the celebrations continued.
From storytelling to medieval re-enactment, Market Square was filled with activities for locals to enjoy, you could even get a photo with St George himself!
‘It’s really important that we remember our history it’s something that we all have in common’
Rebecca Tyson, Household Anglo-Norman Living History Society
The day was also educational for those taking part as the Household Anglo-Norman Living History Society gave locals an insight to what life was like back then.
Audio: Rebecca Tyson, Anglo-Norman Living History Society, speaks about the importance of educating people about our history.
The crowds of people gathered at Market Square, also offered a great opportunity for local charities to promote what they are doing. The Edward Foundation, is a charity set up to ‘help bulldogs at risk of abuse being and used as a commodity.’ They rely on their volunteers and donations.
Photo: Rescued Bull Dogs from Edward Foundation enjoying the St George’s day celebrations
As a symbol of England, the English Bull Dogs made a welcome appearance down at Market Square. Some of the dogs had been locked away in kennels for the majority of their lives, so the crowds were a great way to prepare them to be re-homed. It was also an excellent opportunity for raising awareness for the charity.
Audio: Claire Wilding, from the Edward Foundation, talking about the importance of the charity and why they were at the St George’s Day Celebrations.
The Royal Society of St George, organisers of the event, believed it couldn’t have gone better and explained how it brought people together. Malcolm Marchbank, vice-chairman of the Society, said: “I think people used to be afraid to celebrate being English, but it’s turned around. We have got a lot of people of different colours and creeds here today and in the society.”