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Early St George's Day celebrations will line the streets of Gravesend today

PUBLISHED: 09:21 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:01 21 April 2017

St George's Day parade through Gravesend in 2014

St George's Day parade through Gravesend in 2014

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St George's Day is this Sunday

Gravesend is set to continue its tradition of a St George’s Day parade today.

While the day celebrating England’s patron saint doesn’t fall until Sunday, festivities organised by Cohesion Plus are set to line the streets of Gravesend today.

Celebrations in Gravesham will start from 9.45am with the Bollywood Brass and Premier Brass bands playing in King Street and the High Street.

Entertainment will then move on to the Community Square at 10am where the Salvation Army Brass Band will perform a special concert.

Then, at 10.30am 600 children from 12 Gravesham schools will take part in the annual parade from St George’s Church heading toward the Community Square.

By 11.30am, the flag of St George will be raised in the Community Square.

Gurvinder Sandher is the CEO of Cohesion Plus, who organised the event alongside Gravesham Borough Council and Arts Council England.

Mr Sandher said: “We are really pleased to be again in a position to organise the Saint George’s Day celebrations in Gravesham and Dartford.

“I believe passionately that events like Saint George’s Day are a great way of bringing diverse communities together and celebrating our core values which makes England the country it is. As ever, I am very grateful to all our partners for their ongoing support and their belief in our work.”

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