Dragon hots up to face St George

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A DRAGON will mix with children and performers at a special event in a town’s High Street this month.

The popular dragon, which was made by the scouts, will make another appearance at this year’s St George’s Day event in Rushden High Street.

The popular event, which has been organised by Rushden Town Council, will be held on Saturday, April 21, and there will be a variety of entertainment on offer to keep the crowds happy.

Cllr Gill Mercer urged people to take part in the festivities.

She said: “Rushden’s now famous dragon will arrive in the High Street at midday and the children from Alfred Street Junior School will then perform their Maypole dancing.

“This will be followed by the judging of a children’s fancy dress competition.

“St Katherine’s Irchester Morris Men will perform their traditional dances, followed by music from the Old Speckled Men band.

“The Northants Official Jester will also be on hand to entertain and children can do craft making, such as making dragons and enjoy having their faces painted.”

Lots of preparations are already being made for the event, for instance schools will be making dragons for the occasion.

There will also be craft sessions in the Easter holidays at the Weslyan Church hall in Queen Street, Rushden, from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 11.

During the sessions the children will be able to make props for the fancy dress competition and make shields and helmets or head-dresses. A shop window competition will also take place in the week leading up to the event. On the day itself, the activities will run from midday to 3pm in the centre of the High Street.

Rushden Town Mayor, Cllr Janet Pinnock, will also be reading stories to children from 1.15pm at Rushden Library in Newton Road.

Cllr Mercer added: “So come down to Rushden High Street and join in the fun. Children come dressed as St George or a maiden in distress and try your luck at the fancy dress competition – the prizes will be vouchers for Osborne’s Toy Shop in Rushden High Street.”