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Sun shines as thousands attend St George’s Day festivities

StGeorge pic 2017

Tamworth’s Castle Grounds were packed with people on Saturday, April 22, for another fantastic St George’s Day extravaganza.
Estimated crowds of around 13,000 people enjoyed the medieval-themed fun and festivities on offer, to at least equal last year’s record-breaking attendance.

The sun shone as families enjoyed free festival highlights such as knights, skirmishes, the living history camp, walkabout characters, stalls, a medieval fashion show, pottery-making workshops, archery, Beowulf – A Storytelling of Puppets, a Medieval Grave Diggers Comedy and Morris dancing by Pennyroyal Garland Dancers. This year’s festival also included a brand new interactive walkabout dragon which was a real crowd-pleaser.

The popular Grand Medieval Joust remains a firm favourite as thousands of people gathered around the lower lawn to watch the action unfold as knights on horseback, including the legendary St George, came to do battle in the main arena. Crowds waved the flag of St George and cheered and booed along with the Knights of Middle England performers.

After the event, the Knights of Middle England posted on their Facebook page, saying: “A cracking day at Tamworth Castle Grounds for the KOME team and the crowds who came out in force in the glorious sunshine. The cries for ‘England’ and ‘St George’ literally bounced off the castle walls.”

Other entertainment on offer included bungee trampolines, zorbing, fairground rides, food and drink, themed activities in Tamworth Castle and the dedicated Children’s Zone, which was enjoyed by hundreds of children throughout the day.

There was also a St George’s Day parade of more than 100 Tamworth scouts who marched through the town centre before renewing their promise in the Castle Grounds.

Visitors took to social media throughout the day and afterwards to share their pictures and praise for the event.
Doreen Hodgetts said: “Fantastic day out. My boys loved it!” Lynsey McNamara said: “Great day. Was really impressed with all that was on offer for a free event. Well done to all involved.” Jane Saffie Crawford added: “Brilliant day. Well done to all the organisers. Something for everyone. Loved it.”

First time visitor, Andy Bill, said: “I took my little man to our first St George’s Day celebration and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve never really been to Tamworth before, but will certainly be returning as the town seemed really nice and the park was one of the best I’ve visited, catering for all age groups. I also fancy coming back and visiting the castle. You should be very proud indeed of living in such a fine area.”

Andrew Barratt, Tamworth Borough Council’s Corporate Director for Growth, Assets & Environment, said: “The St George’s Day festival continues to be one of our most popular events and the Arts & Events team work hard to ensure it continues to live up to and even exceed expectations each year.

“It was great to see so many people enjoying the activities and entertainment on offer. The large attendance figure is great news and will hopefully help to draw more visitors to Tamworth town centre in the future.”

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