GALLERY: Gravesham celebrates St George's Day
PUBLISHED: 12:48 25 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:49 25 April 2016
Some 700 children helped take part in the parade last Friday
Some 700 children from 15 Gravesham schools helped take part in Gravesham’s annual St George’s Day parade last Friday.
The aim of the event - organised by Cohesion Plus in partnership with Kent Equality Cohesion Council supported by Gravesham Borough Council - was to celebrate the patron saint of England and bring together the diverse communities in Gravesham to celebrate this important day.
Before the procession started there was entertainment in the town centre with performances by the Premier Brass Band and the Bollywood Brass Band which warmed up the gathering crowd.
Along with the schools the parade also featured special guests the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, The Viscount De L’Isle and the mayor of Gravesham Michael Wenban as well as stilt walkers and comedy medieval jesters Payne and Pearce.
The parade went up the High Street into King Street, through St George’s Shopping Centre and then headed back through town before finishing on Community Square.
At its climax, the 700 school children sang Happy Birthday to the Queen before listening to the Lord Lieutenant, who is the Queen’s representative in Kent, thank everyone for their participation.
Following some further entertainment the flags of St George were raised and three cheers shouted.
Gurvinder Sandher who led on the organisation of the celebrations said: “I was very pleased with what we were able to achieve working in partnership with Gravesham Borough Council and Arts Council England.
“There is great support for St George’s Day here in Gravesham and it was so pleasing to see the local community come out and support the event and to see so many people wave the flag of St George made me proud.
“I really think other towns could learn a lesson from what we are doing here and use events like St George’s Day to bring all the different communities together as one regardless of faith or ethnicity.”