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Dartford enjoys largest ever St George’s Day celebrations

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 April 2018

Organiser Gurvinder Sandher said the arts are an excellent way of breaking down barriers. Picture: Sarah Knight

Organiser Gurvinder Sandher said the arts are an excellent way of breaking down barriers. Picture: Sarah Knight

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Dartford played host to one of its largest Saint George’s Day celebrations to date on April 23, where 500 children from eight local schools took part.

500 school children from eight local schools took part in the celebrations. Picture: Sarah Knight500 school children from eight local schools took part in the celebrations. Picture: Sarah Knight

The aim was to celebrate the patron saint of England and bring together the diverse communities of the borough.

The schools began the parade from the Civic Centre and were led by resident Russell Palmer as Saint George himself.

Mayor of Dartford Cllr Rosanna Currans and Council Leader Cllr Jeremy Kite also attended.

The parade went through the Orchard Shopping Centre and was later joined by a large-scale dragon.

The event was one of the biggest in the country. Picture: Sarah KnightThe event was one of the biggest in the country. Picture: Sarah Knight

School children sang Happy Birthday to HM The Queen before the Premier Brass Band and the Folkin Fusion Drumming Collective played Land of Hope of Glory and the national anthem.

Organiser Gurvinder Sandher said: “I strongly believe that the arts are an excellent way of breaking down barriers and bringing communities together and the Dartford Saint George’s Day celebrations are testament to that.”

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