Mayor calls on city to celebrate St George’s Day

Press Release: 09/04/2009

St George - as depicted on a window at St Bartholomew's Church in Hyde, Winchester (photo by L Richardson)

The Mayor of Winchester is calling on Winchester residents to proudly celebrate St George’s day this year and has organised a special St George’s Day event at the Guildhall.

The event will take pace on Friday 24 April – the day after St George’s day - and will combine the traditional Mayor’s Retirement Dinner with an extravagant and fun filled celebration of all things English in honour of the country’s patron saint and to raise money for charity.

 

A host of traditional English entertainment will be on offer ranging from music and dance through to dramatic performances from the girls of St Swithun’s School who will be performing a selection of scenes from Shakespeare.

 

The Band of the Adjutant General Corps will be playing a selection of sing-along anthems such as Jerusalem and the rousing theme from Dambusters, and a group of Morris dancers will be starting-off the event with a spectacular dance up the steps of the Guildhall.

 

There will also be much more entertainment on offer and prizes up for grabs. The evening also offers the chance to show some much needed support for the Mayor’s charities which will all benefit from the proceeds of the event.

The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Michael Read, said: “This is a perfect opportunity for us all to get together, celebrate our national day, and enjoy England’s rich and vibrant culture. It also gives us a chance to support our wonderful charities during these tricky financial times. I look forward to celebrating St George’s day alongside the people of Winchester.”

 

Tickets for the event cost £40 each which includes food and entertainment. They can be obtained by contacting Belinda Ambrose on 01962 848 313 no later than 20th April.