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Celebrate Spring and St. George at Telford Town Park

Get ready for some springtime fun with a twist of history at the Spring Into St. George’s Day event. This year, it kicks off the Telford & Wrekin Council’s event program on Sunday, April 21st, from 11am to 4pm.

Joust your way into Family Fun!

The legendary Knights of Nottingham return, showcasing their impressive jousting skills and thrilling the crowds with exciting tournaments. But that’s not all, the day is packed with entertainment for everyone:

-Roar Martial Arts demonstrations

-Captivating stage shows by Animal Guyz and the Exotic Zoo

-Miniature boat displays bobbing on the lake

-New! Meet some adorable Herdwick sheep alongside other entertaining walkabout characters

-Feeling adventurous? Take a shot at axe throwing, archery, or circus skills.

There will also be a variety of food and drink vendors to keep you fuelled throughout the day. Explore the marquee overflowing with local businesses showcasing their wares and offering fun activities for all ages. Don’t forget to meet the friendly alpacas, and keep your eyes peeled for a special dragon guest!

St. George is the legendary patron saint of England, though he never actually set foot in the country. His rise to national hero began with his reputation for bravery and chivalry. By the 9th century, his feast day, April 23rd, was already being celebrated in England.

Several factors solidified St. George’s position as England’s champion. King Edward I used banners featuring his emblem, a red cross on a white background, and King Edward III further championed the saint. Edward III even established the prestigious Order of the Garter in St. George’s name in 1350.

The association with St. George grew even stronger during the Hundred Years’ War. King Henry V, known for his piety and military prowess, rallied his troops with a famous pre-battle cry: “Cry God for Harry, England, and St. George!” This connection between St. George and English military might solidified his place as a national symbol.

While the historical details of St. George’s life are murky, his legend of courage and his association with English victories secured his place as the patron saint of England.

Councillor Carolyn Healy, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member, highlights the importance of this free community event: “This St. George’s Day celebration is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to come together, participate in exciting activities, and enjoy some free entertainment.”

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Pictured: Knights of Nottingham Jousting

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