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Time for street party St George

PUBLISHED: 15:01 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:37 23 August 2010

Gravesend
23-04-08
Gravesend Town Centre
St George's day parade
pupils from St George's school with St George

Gravesend 23-04-08 Gravesend Town Centre St George's day parade pupils from St George's school with St George

MORE than 700 youngsters from 14 schools across the borough will turn the town red and white next week for the annual St George s Day parade. Organised by the North West Kent Racial Equality Council, the parade will march through Gravesend next Thursday

MORE than 700 youngsters from 14 schools across the borough will turn the town red and white next week for the annual St George's Day parade.

Organised by the North West Kent Racial Equality Council, the parade will march through Gravesend next Thursday for the second year in a row.

Gurvinder Sandher, the Assistant Director of North West Kent REC who has co-ordinated the event, said: "I believe this will be one of the biggest celebrations of its kind taking place on St George's Day in the whole of Kent.

"A lot of work has taken place for this over the past six months or so, as I am really keen to build upon the success of the St George's Day celebrations that we had in Gravesham last year."

On the day school children will gather outside the Towncentric offices at St Georges Square, Gravesend at 10am, and will then march up the High Street, into New Road, and then through St George's Shopping Centre.

It will then come back onto New Road, before turning right into Windmill Street, past the library before finishing outside the Civic Centre.

There will then be a flag raising ceremony of the St George's Cross and on the Civic Centre forecourt the Gravesham Borough Band will also perform.

This month, work has been taking place in schools to prepare special visual arts and craft displays which will be used. The focal point of the event will be a model of Saint George. The event has been organised in partnership with Gravesham Borough Council and Kent County Council.

Mr Sandher added: "I have been very pleased with the positive response shown by the local schools, Gravesham Borough Council and Kent County Council who are our partners. I just hope now that the local community will come out and support the parade and fly the flag of Saint George"

Schools taking part in the parade are Whitehill Primary, Rosherville, Istead Rise, Vigo, St Botolph's, Meopham Primary, Northfleet School for Girls, Wrotham Road, Chantry Primary School, St Georges, St Johns Primary, St Johns Comprehensive, Holy Trinity, Riverview, and Cecil Road.

Are you attending the parade? Send your pictures to ed.riley@archant.co.uk.

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