Southampton honour patron saint with series of events

A St George’s Day parade in St Mary Street, Southampton

A St George’s Day parade in St Mary Street, Southampton

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HIS legend is centuries old but Southampton is set to breathe new life into celebrating St George’s Day.

For the first time in the city the patron saint of England will be the focus of his own festival as part of a series of events to celebrate the national day.

Final preparations are now under way for Southampton’s first-ever St George’s Day festival on April 23 which will see 16 short films about community groups screened.

The 90-second films will highlight the work of volunteers working in local organisations across Southampton, and the festival will also feature singing and spoken word performances as well as Shakespearean dramatic speeches to mark the Bard’s birthday.

Flag ceremony The event will start at 7pm at The City College’s Hub, and has been organised by Itchen MP John Denham, city council communities chief Satvir Kaur, Southampton Festivals and Southampton Voluntary Services.

It will be preceded by a special flag-raising ceremony at St Mary’s Church at 6.30pm.

Free tickets are available at sotonstgeorge.eventbrite.co.uk.

The Grand Cafe in Southampton will host a celebratory event featuring a tribute act to legendary comic Norman Wisdom on April 23 at 12.15pm.

It will also feature a three-course meal. To book your ticket, which costs £25, call 023 8033 9303.

On the same day from 11am to 2pm, Weston Court will host an event with a raffle and games, which will raise money for Wessex Cancer Trust and ETC.

Inspiring Hampshire yachtsman Geoff Holt MBE and yachtsman Mike Golding OBE will be the guests of honour at a breakfast event in aid of the Rose Road Association.

The event will run from 7.15am to 8.40am at The Hilton Hotel in Chilworth.

Events are also being planned for a number of days across the city.

On Saturday, April 26 The Tudor House will feature a host of medieval-themed events including archery and the chance to make a junk dragon puppet, while old town tours will run throughout the day.

On April 27 the Southampton City District Scouts will parade through the city centre, starting from the Cenotaph at 2pm.

Elsewhere in Hampshire, Scouts from across the county will take part in parades. Scouts in Fareham will host their own parade from the Market Quay car park at 6.30pm on April 23.

And Scouts in Eastleigh will hold their own parade, starting at 10.30am at Norwood School and running through to the Leigh Road recreation ground on April 27.

Villagers in Bishop’s Waltham will be celebrating all things English at a St George’s Day Dinner. The event will start at 7pm on April 26 at Jubilee Hall. For more information call Vanessa Emmerson on 01489 895079.

In Winchester, the parade starting at the Colebrook Street car park will start at 1.15pm on April 27.

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10:57am Wed 16 Apr 14

CHARLIE TAYLOR says...

About time !!
About time !! CHARLIE TAYLOR
  • Score: 12

11:33am Wed 16 Apr 14

massimoosti says...

OMG - Are we OK to do his - what if it upsets any non English ?
OMG - Are we OK to do his - what if it upsets any non English ? massimoosti
  • Score: 1

12:41pm Wed 16 Apr 14

The_Fuzz22 says...

massimoosti wrote:
OMG - Are we OK to do his - what if it upsets any non English ?
Well done for anonymously defending a right that nobody has infringed upon. You're a real trooper.
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: OMG - Are we OK to do his - what if it upsets any non English ?[/p][/quote]Well done for anonymously defending a right that nobody has infringed upon. You're a real trooper. The_Fuzz22
  • Score: 11

12:54pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Mr Dad says...

Echo - your photo caption is wrong. Its St Mary Street
Don't you have any local reporters who know the area these days?
Echo - your photo caption is wrong. Its St Mary Street Don't you have any local reporters who know the area these days? Mr Dad
  • Score: -3

1:39pm Wed 16 Apr 14

bigfella777 says...

Just remember that St George was mixed race, half Palestinian and half Turkish. That should upset a few of the bigots on here.
Just remember that St George was mixed race, half Palestinian and half Turkish. That should upset a few of the bigots on here. bigfella777
  • Score: 4

2:04pm Wed 16 Apr 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

massimoosti wrote:
OMG - Are we OK to do his - what if it upsets any non English ?
Presumably if there wasn't a celebration you'd be wringing about that too? Can't win.
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: OMG - Are we OK to do his - what if it upsets any non English ?[/p][/quote]Presumably if there wasn't a celebration you'd be wringing about that too? Can't win. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 8

2:05pm Wed 16 Apr 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

WalkingOnAWire wrote:
massimoosti wrote:
OMG - Are we OK to do his - what if it upsets any non English ?
Presumably if there wasn't a celebration you'd be wringing about that too? Can't win.
*whinging*. Darned autocorrect.
[quote][p][bold]WalkingOnAWire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: OMG - Are we OK to do his - what if it upsets any non English ?[/p][/quote]Presumably if there wasn't a celebration you'd be wringing about that too? Can't win.[/p][/quote]*whinging*. Darned autocorrect. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 2

5:17pm Wed 16 Apr 14

massimoosti says...

I couldn't care less if its St Georges Day, Allah Day, Mr Blobby Day or Independent Scotland Day.

My issue is a level playing field for all without moving the goalposts.
I couldn't care less if its St Georges Day, Allah Day, Mr Blobby Day or Independent Scotland Day. My issue is a level playing field for all without moving the goalposts. massimoosti
  • Score: 0

7:00pm Wed 16 Apr 14

issacchunt says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Just remember that St George was mixed race, half Palestinian and half Turkish. That should upset a few of the bigots on here.
You met him then?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Just remember that St George was mixed race, half Palestinian and half Turkish. That should upset a few of the bigots on here.[/p][/quote]You met him then? issacchunt
  • Score: -1

7:39pm Wed 16 Apr 14

thesouth says...

Just be an excuse to get drunk and fight. Great. Bring on the foreign festivals, much more cultural and fun.
Just be an excuse to get drunk and fight. Great. Bring on the foreign festivals, much more cultural and fun. thesouth
  • Score: 0

8:23pm Wed 16 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Mr Dad wrote:
Echo - your photo caption is wrong. Its St Mary Street
Don't you have any local reporters who know the area these days?
Doesn't look like it, Page 18 of the Echo shows a picture of the Boating Lake at the Sports Centre, the caption says Southampton Common! The article is correct though.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Dad[/bold] wrote: Echo - your photo caption is wrong. Its St Mary Street Don't you have any local reporters who know the area these days?[/p][/quote]Doesn't look like it, Page 18 of the Echo shows a picture of the Boating Lake at the Sports Centre, the caption says Southampton Common! The article is correct though. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

8:27pm Wed 16 Apr 14

St.Winch70 says...

massimoosti wrote:
I couldn't care less if its St Georges Day, Allah Day, Mr Blobby Day or Independent Scotland Day.

My issue is a level playing field for all without moving the goalposts.
Organise something then and you determine where the goalposts are! Or do nothing and continue moaning about other communities that are not as lethargic.
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: I couldn't care less if its St Georges Day, Allah Day, Mr Blobby Day or Independent Scotland Day. My issue is a level playing field for all without moving the goalposts.[/p][/quote]Organise something then and you determine where the goalposts are! Or do nothing and continue moaning about other communities that are not as lethargic. St.Winch70
  • Score: 1

8:27pm Wed 16 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Saw some old dragons in the City Centre today that could do with slaying! It is all Shakespeares fault, Cry God, for Harry, England and Saint George etc.
Saw some old dragons in the City Centre today that could do with slaying! It is all Shakespeares fault, Cry God, for Harry, England and Saint George etc. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

1:47am Thu 17 Apr 14

normal1965 says...

omg i cant wait.ive been waiting for the English to be allowed to celebrate st georges day in southampton for ages,about bloody time.hip hip
omg i cant wait.ive been waiting for the English to be allowed to celebrate st georges day in southampton for ages,about bloody time.hip hip normal1965
  • Score: 1

12:29pm Thu 17 Apr 14

St.Winch70 says...

normal1965 wrote:
omg i cant wait.ive been waiting for the English to be allowed to celebrate st georges day in southampton for ages,about bloody time.hip hip
See above comment. How have you ever been prevented from celebrating St.Georges day?
[quote][p][bold]normal1965[/bold] wrote: omg i cant wait.ive been waiting for the English to be allowed to celebrate st georges day in southampton for ages,about bloody time.hip hip[/p][/quote]See above comment. How have you ever been prevented from celebrating St.Georges day? St.Winch70
  • Score: 1

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