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Gravesham and Dartford celebrate St George's day in style

PUBLISHED: 15:35 24 April 2014 | UPDATED: 15:35 24 April 2014

Event organiser Gurvinder Sander waves a flag with pride

Event organiser Gurvinder Sander waves a flag with pride

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Thousands of people in Dartford and Gravesham celebrated St George's day yesterday.

West Hill Morris Men in Gravesend helped celebrate the dayWest Hill Morris Men in Gravesend helped celebrate the day

Commuters at Dartford train station were entertained by a brass band at 7am, with Dartford council leader Jeremy Kite and Dartford mayor Cllr Patsy Thurlow handing out themed giveaways.

A traditional hog spit roast was set up on the High Street and further entertainment was provided by the Salvation Army brass band and the West Hill Morris Group.

School children in both Dartford and Gravesham joined in with parades, waving flags and colourful banners as they made their way around their towns.

Eight Dartford schools walked from High Street to the band stand in Central Park, and 22 Gravesham schools began the school parade outside St George’s Church, making their way to the Community Square.

There was a parade through Gravesend town centreThere was a parade through Gravesend town centre

The celebrations were organised by Kent Equality Cohesion Council (KECC) in partnership with Cohesion Plus and supported by Arts Council England, Gravesham borough council and Dartford borough council.

Gurvinder Sandher, CEO of KECC, said: “I am so proud of what we achieved today. These were our most ambitious plans to date and as ever the communities of Gravesham and Dartford came out to support us and waved the flag of Saint George with pride.

“It is important that events like this take place to bring diverse communities together and celebrate shared values and I already have some ideas about how we can make the celebrations even bigger next year. I am very grateful to the support provided by all our partners and the local schools which took part.”

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