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Gravesham to mark St George's Day with celebrations

PUBLISHED: 10:44 23 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:44 23 March 2018

Gravesham Borough Council's communications department during last year's St George's events. Picture: GBC

Gravesham Borough Council's communications department during last year's St George's events. Picture: GBC

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St George's Day celebrations will be taking place in Gravesham to mark the occasion next month.

The festivities, which aim to celebrate the patron Saint of England and bring together the diverse communities in the borough, will be some of the biggest taking place in the country on the day.

The highlight of the celebrations will be the schools’ parade, which will feature 12 local schools and 500 young people who will be working with arts organisation Same Sky, to create pieces of visual art which they will display.

The parade will go from Saint George’s Square outside Saint George’s Church, through Gravesham town centre before finishing on Community Square.

Cllr Gurjit Bains, cabinet member for community cohesion, said: “St George’s Day has become a really important event for us here in Gravesend.

“Our celebrations highlight the positive community relations enjoyed in the borough.

“We should all be proud of what we’ve achieved with the celebrations which are a beacon other parts of the country could learn from.”

The council will be working with Cohesion Plus, Kent Equality Cohesion Council and Arts Council England to mark the event, on Monday, April 23.

Celebrations will take place between 10am and 11.30am.

Entertainment including Premier Brass Band, Brass Volcanoes, Folkin Fusion Drumming Collective, Saint George’s themed Stilt Walkers, a Saint George in full armour and a large scale dragon will feature.

Gurvinder Sandher, artistic director of cohesion plus, said: “I am really proud of how we have managed to develop the Saint George’s Day celebrations in Gravesham.

“The festival is a great example of how the arts can be used to bring communities together and celebrate our shared values.

“I genuinely believe that other parts of the country can learn about how we use Saint George’s Day as a means of bringing diverse communities together as a symbol of unity.”

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