Pictures of St George's Day parade in Gravesend and Dartford
PUBLISHED: 12:59 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:59 24 April 2013
Click on the Multimedia Gallery to the right to see how over 1,500 young people from 34 schools in Gravesend and Dartford celebrated Saint George's Day yesterday.
Festivities first took place in Gravesham with over 1,000 children from 25 local schools out on the streets.
The parade started in Saint George’s Square and then proceeded up the High Street before going into the town centre, through Saint George’s Shopping Centre and back before finishing on the Community Square. The parade was led by the Mayor of Gravesham Lyn Milner.
Local Gravesham resident Russell Palmer dressed up as Saint George, while the Premier Brass Band, Big Fish Marching Band and the Four by Four Dhol Drummers provided music for the day.
Once the parade reached the Community Square the Salvation Army Brass Band performed before the flag of Saint George was raised and the children gave three cheers for Saint George’s Day while they waved their flags with pride.
Dartford’s celebrations began when the Salvation Army Brass Band performed on One Bell Corner quickly attracting a large crowd, before nine local schools started the parade which went up Dartford High Street before heading towards Central Park. The parade was led by the Deputy Mayor of Dartford Patsy Thurlow who along with volunteers helped give out Saint George’s flags along the route.
Once the parade reached Central Park, Big Fish performed a short play about Saint George and the Dragon before Premier Brass got everyone up and waving their flags as they performed rousing tunes including Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory.
Gurvinder Sandher the CEO of Kent Equality Cohesion Council (KECC) who has been working on the celebrations for the past few months said: “The aim of the events was to celebrate the patron Saint of England and bring together the diverse communities in Gravesham and Dartford.
“I am really pleased that we were able to deliver 2 successful events back to back and that the local communities came out to support the festivities.
“I hope next year working in partnership with Gravesham and Dartford Councils that we will be able to organise even bigger celebrations. I believe that our celebrations are a model which could be replicated in other parts of not just Kent but England.”
The festivities were organised by Kent Equality Cohesion Council in partnership with Cohesion Plus supported by Gravesham Borough Council and Dartford Borough Council’s in what were some of the biggest celebrations taking place in England.
Pictures by Chaotic House.