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Take a look as hundreds fill Gravesend and Dartford streets for St George's Day parades

PUBLISHED: 13:11 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:21 24 April 2017

Gravesend St George's Day

Gravesend St George's Day

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St George's Day was on Sunday

The nation could learn a lesson or two from Gravesend and Dartford’s St George’s Day parades, one of the organisers has claimed.

In Gravesend, St George’s flags are flying high in the town’s community square after hundreds of people took part in a parade from St George’s Church.

A huge puppet-dragon and St George mimicked the legendary story of their battle, while 600 schoolchildren from 12 schools carried their own handcrafted designs as part of the parade.

There were also special performances from Bollywood Brass and Premier Brass bands playing in King Street and the High Street, while the Salvation Army Brass Band performed on the Community Square.

The event was organised by Cohesion Plus in partnership with Gravesham Borough Council and Arts Council England.

Along the A2 In Dartford, a second parade saw 500 children from 10 schools take to the streets for a similar celebration.

Dartford mayor John Burrell and MP Gareth Johnson were both at the parade, which also featured stilt walkers, medieval jesters, Shakesperian actors and performances from brass bands and the Four by Four Dhol Drummers.

Ending the parade at Central Park’s bandstand, the schoolchildren ended the day by singing Happy 91st Birthday. to the Queen.

CEO of Cohesion Plus Gurvinder Sandher said: “I really do believe other parts of the country could learn from what we are doing here and how we use St George’s Day to bring diverse communities together, to celebrate our shared values.

“We use the celebrations as a source of promoting unity and cohesion rather than discord and segregation.

“I am grateful to all the young people who worked so hard in the build-up and our partners including Dartford Borough Council and Arts Council England for their on-going support.”

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