Celebrations for St George’s Day

THE flag of St George flew proudly at events held across the county to celebrate the patron saint’s day.

Hundreds of people attended events held in Rushden, Wellingborough and Rothwell over the weekend, as well as scout parades in Kettering and Rushden yesterday.

Rowell Lions Club held a St George’s Day event at Tresham Hall, Rothwell, on Friday night in aid of the Prostate Cancer Charity.

Celebrations took place on Saturday at Wellingborough Museum, where there was maypole dancing, a medieval fairground, a folk group and a visit from King Henry VIII.

Rushden High Street’s popular annual St George’s Day celebration took place on Saturday.

The afternoon’s festivities organised by Rushden Town Council included family entertainment from a jester, Maypole dancing by children from Alfred Street School and morris dancing.

Rushden town councillor Adrian House said: “Everyone enjoyed the festive fun. It’s an annual event which is always held on the Saturday nearest to St George’s Day.

“It’s an opportunity for families to come out and enhance the local community spirit. It is always popular with local people.”

Kara Kelli, who travelled from Northampton to attend the event, said: “We came especially for the event. I think it’s something that people and families really enjoy.”

In Rothwell , the lions club raised about £300 for Prostate Cancer Charity following a successful music night. The group chose the charity after three of its members had suffered the condition.

Member Roy Owen said: “It was a fantastic night which made us all very proud.”