East Lancashire celebrates St George's Day

East Lancashire celebrates St George's Day

Getting ready for the big day at Giant Leap Childcare and Learning Centre, Burnley, is two-year-old Kaysey-Mae Thompson

Classic cars like this Bentley will be out in force for the Lancashire Automobile Club’s annual St George’s Day Run

First published in News

PARADES, fun days, church services and community activities will be held across East Lancashire to celebrate St George’s Day.

The anniversary will be marked today, the accepted date of the patron saint of England’s death in the year 303, and more activities are planned at the weekend.

A parade through the streets of Barnoldswick has been saved after previous worries over traffic management, and will be held on Saturday, from 9am to 3.30pm, a Pendle Council spokeswoman said.

And a concert will be held at The Riverside at Whitworth Civic Hall on Saturday at 7.15pm, followed by a parade in Market Street on Sunday at 2pm.

Children in fancy dress will hunt for dragons between 11am and 4pm in the museum at Clitheroe Castle, as the legendary St George and the dragon story is retold.

Clitheroe mayor Kevin Horkin said he will also take to the streets to hand out red roses to locals, while Ribble Valley mayor Richard Sherras handed out roses yesterday.

Coun Horkin said: “It has always baffled me that people have always been shy in celebrating St George, but in the Ribble Valley we always have bunting up in the streets, businesses have flags up, and we fly the English and Union Jack flags.”

At Mitton Hall in Whalley, members of the Lancashire Automobile Club have invited classic car owners to join them for their annual tour on Sunday.

A scenic 75-mile route will take in classic rally roads from the ’50s and ’60s, including the Trough of Bowland.

And in Darwen, the Market Square will be consumed by activities on Saturday afternoon, including circus performers, animals from Wellybobs Farm Park, and performances from Darwen Brass and dance groups.

A host of children’s entertainment will be on offer, including a Punch and Judy show and face painting and Darwen Town Council’s mascot ‘Darren’ will be in attendance, along with members of the Royal British Legion and other local charities.

The Society of St George Burnley will also hold its annual dinner on Saturday, where former Burnley FC chief executive Paul Fletcher will give a talk. There will be an auction and a prize draw.

The Royal Society of St George will hold a service at Blackburn Cathedral from 1.45pm on Sunday.

  • More St Georges’s Day pictures tomorrow

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1:35pm Wed 23 Apr 14

clickhere says...

Meanwhile in Great Harwood our local County Councillor has demanded that Union flags put up outside a local community centre to celebrate St George and later to commemorate WW1 events, should be taken down forthwith.
It would appear that he has caused the HBC legal department - who are well known for bearing the impression of the last person to sit on them - to join in this dictatorial edict.
Meanwhile in Great Harwood our local County Councillor has demanded that Union flags put up outside a local community centre to celebrate St George and later to commemorate WW1 events, should be taken down forthwith. It would appear that he has caused the HBC legal department - who are well known for bearing the impression of the last person to sit on them - to join in this dictatorial edict. clickhere
  • Score: 7

2:59pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Excluded again says...

St George's Day. And the birthday of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language.

If you are not celebrating, why not? The only thing stopping you is yourself.
St George's Day. And the birthday of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language. If you are not celebrating, why not? The only thing stopping you is yourself. Excluded again
  • Score: 16

3:24pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Excluded again wrote:
St George's Day. And the birthday of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language.

If you are not celebrating, why not? The only thing stopping you is yourself.
And some deluded councillor!!
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: St George's Day. And the birthday of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language. If you are not celebrating, why not? The only thing stopping you is yourself.[/p][/quote]And some deluded councillor!! Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 8

3:35pm Wed 23 Apr 14

George Khan says...

Salaam putters, celebrating St George’s Day?
Well I hope you realise that Georgie was either Turk or Lebanese
And that he was not from this country
A bit like myself, except I have lived here for years
And am still called an Immigrant by the indigenous bigots
I think it’s time we had ‘George Khan’ day
As a tribute to my modernisation of Fish and chip methods
The fusion of tandoori masala spices with traditional food
Revolutionising digestion by clearing out guts
Salaam putters, celebrating St George’s Day? Well I hope you realise that Georgie was either Turk or Lebanese And that he was not from this country A bit like myself, except I have lived here for years And am still called an Immigrant by the indigenous bigots I think it’s time we had ‘George Khan’ day As a tribute to my modernisation of Fish and chip methods The fusion of tandoori masala spices with traditional food Revolutionising digestion by clearing out guts George Khan
  • Score: -14

3:47pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

George Khan wrote:
Salaam putters, celebrating St George’s Day?
Well I hope you realise that Georgie was either Turk or Lebanese
And that he was not from this country
A bit like myself, except I have lived here for years
And am still called an Immigrant by the indigenous bigots
I think it’s time we had ‘George Khan’ day
As a tribute to my modernisation of Fish and chip methods
The fusion of tandoori masala spices with traditional food
Revolutionising digestion by clearing out guts
Good on you George, you "posh" fish and chip on old son.

I myself with be paying tribute with a hearty slab of silverside roast beef and Yorkshire puds, all washed down with a few litres of Lancaster Bomber.

How quintessentially English.
[quote][p][bold]George Khan[/bold] wrote: Salaam putters, celebrating St George’s Day? Well I hope you realise that Georgie was either Turk or Lebanese And that he was not from this country A bit like myself, except I have lived here for years And am still called an Immigrant by the indigenous bigots I think it’s time we had ‘George Khan’ day As a tribute to my modernisation of Fish and chip methods The fusion of tandoori masala spices with traditional food Revolutionising digestion by clearing out guts[/p][/quote]Good on you George, you "posh" fish and chip on old son. I myself with be paying tribute with a hearty slab of silverside roast beef and Yorkshire puds, all washed down with a few litres of Lancaster Bomber. How quintessentially English. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 13

3:53pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Chris P Bacon says...

England isn't a country.

To be a country, you have to issue passports and have a democratic Parliament. As England can fill neither of these criteria, it is nothing more than a district of the United Kingdom.

There's a great argument about this but when the likes of Albania, Liechtenstein, Wales, San Marino, Malta, Macedonia etc etc etc all issue passports and have democratically elected Parliaments so can be regarded as countries in their own rights, it is a monstrous joke England cannot.
England isn't a country. To be a country, you have to issue passports and have a democratic Parliament. As England can fill neither of these criteria, it is nothing more than a district of the United Kingdom. There's a great argument about this but when the likes of Albania, Liechtenstein, Wales, San Marino, Malta, Macedonia etc etc etc all issue passports and have democratically elected Parliaments so can be regarded as countries in their own rights, it is a monstrous joke England cannot. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 1

3:58pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
England isn't a country.

To be a country, you have to issue passports and have a democratic Parliament. As England can fill neither of these criteria, it is nothing more than a district of the United Kingdom.

There's a great argument about this but when the likes of Albania, Liechtenstein, Wales, San Marino, Malta, Macedonia etc etc etc all issue passports and have democratically elected Parliaments so can be regarded as countries in their own rights, it is a monstrous joke England cannot.
Never thought of it that way. Quite depressing isn't it?
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: England isn't a country. To be a country, you have to issue passports and have a democratic Parliament. As England can fill neither of these criteria, it is nothing more than a district of the United Kingdom. There's a great argument about this but when the likes of Albania, Liechtenstein, Wales, San Marino, Malta, Macedonia etc etc etc all issue passports and have democratically elected Parliaments so can be regarded as countries in their own rights, it is a monstrous joke England cannot.[/p][/quote]Never thought of it that way. Quite depressing isn't it? Steven Seagull
  • Score: 6

4:29pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Chris P Bacon says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Chris P Bacon wrote:
England isn't a country.

To be a country, you have to issue passports and have a democratic Parliament. As England can fill neither of these criteria, it is nothing more than a district of the United Kingdom.

There's a great argument about this but when the likes of Albania, Liechtenstein, Wales, San Marino, Malta, Macedonia etc etc etc all issue passports and have democratically elected Parliaments so can be regarded as countries in their own rights, it is a monstrous joke England cannot.
Never thought of it that way. Quite depressing isn't it?
Very depressing. England is a country in the same way Prussia and Bavaria are, in other words, not anymore.

Please ignore my comments on Wales. Although it does have an assembly and can make laws pertaining only to Wales, it doesn't issue passports.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: England isn't a country. To be a country, you have to issue passports and have a democratic Parliament. As England can fill neither of these criteria, it is nothing more than a district of the United Kingdom. There's a great argument about this but when the likes of Albania, Liechtenstein, Wales, San Marino, Malta, Macedonia etc etc etc all issue passports and have democratically elected Parliaments so can be regarded as countries in their own rights, it is a monstrous joke England cannot.[/p][/quote]Never thought of it that way. Quite depressing isn't it?[/p][/quote]Very depressing. England is a country in the same way Prussia and Bavaria are, in other words, not anymore. Please ignore my comments on Wales. Although it does have an assembly and can make laws pertaining only to Wales, it doesn't issue passports. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: -1

4:50pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Noiticer says...

What is England anyway? Just a collection of tribes with no real identity. I am a Northerner first, Lancastrian second and British third with England a place I can't really identify with. Being part English, Scots and Irish I just think all this nationalistic hogwash is a distraction.
What is England anyway? Just a collection of tribes with no real identity. I am a Northerner first, Lancastrian second and British third with England a place I can't really identify with. Being part English, Scots and Irish I just think all this nationalistic hogwash is a distraction. Noiticer
  • Score: -6

6:12pm Wed 23 Apr 14

sean_brfc says...

How is it 'quite depressing' that England doesn't issue its own passports. I personally couldn't give a monkeys. St George's day is about celebrating what's good about England and remembering the unlikely story of some Turkish man slaying a dragon. It ain't about getting all nationalistic and saying we're better than those bloody Scots and Welsh.
How is it 'quite depressing' that England doesn't issue its own passports. I personally couldn't give a monkeys. St George's day is about celebrating what's good about England and remembering the unlikely story of some Turkish man slaying a dragon. It ain't about getting all nationalistic and saying we're better than those bloody Scots and Welsh. sean_brfc
  • Score: 2

8:18pm Wed 23 Apr 14

happycyclist says...

Excluded again wrote:
St George's Day. And the birthday of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language.

If you are not celebrating, why not? The only thing stopping you is yourself.
Don't forget JMW Turner; the greatest painter... also born on this day.
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: St George's Day. And the birthday of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language. If you are not celebrating, why not? The only thing stopping you is yourself.[/p][/quote]Don't forget JMW Turner; the greatest painter... also born on this day. happycyclist
  • Score: 3

8:46pm Wed 23 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

happycyclist wrote:
Excluded again wrote:
St George's Day. And the birthday of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language.

If you are not celebrating, why not? The only thing stopping you is yourself.
Don't forget JMW Turner; the greatest painter... also born on this day.
Where did you say his Shop was ???
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: St George's Day. And the birthday of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language. If you are not celebrating, why not? The only thing stopping you is yourself.[/p][/quote]Don't forget JMW Turner; the greatest painter... also born on this day.[/p][/quote]Where did you say his Shop was ??? ConcernedOssy
  • Score: -3

9:15pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Excluded again says...

happycyclist wrote:
Excluded again wrote:
St George's Day. And the birthday of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language.

If you are not celebrating, why not? The only thing stopping you is yourself.
Don't forget JMW Turner; the greatest painter... also born on this day.
Good point. Another reason to celebrate and be proud.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: St George's Day. And the birthday of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language. If you are not celebrating, why not? The only thing stopping you is yourself.[/p][/quote]Don't forget JMW Turner; the greatest painter... also born on this day.[/p][/quote]Good point. Another reason to celebrate and be proud. Excluded again
  • Score: 3

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