Residents around the borough celebrated St George’s Day in style last weekend with events in primary school playgrounds and sing-alongs in pubs, writes Alex Yeates…
Bonamy and Bramcote Estate celebrated their 11th St George’s Day with an event organised by Pat Hickson MBE at Ilderton Road Primary School.
In the school’s playground 250 people, including councillors and Chelsea Pensioners, came to take part in face painting, raffles, snake petting and to learn how to make flower bouquets.
For a 50p entry fee party-goers were treated to a picnic bag and a free raffle ticket for the chance to win vouchers for fish and meat, as well as signed t-shirts and footballs from Millwall FC. All the money raised was donated to Bede House’s learning disability support.
At the Good Intent pub on East Street there were more vocal celebrations as revellers enjoyed Arment’s pie and mash to music.
Wendy McDonald, Good Intent’s manager, said: “We had a great celebration and a great turnout. We had Arment’s Pie and Mash down which you’ve got have.
“There was a brilliant singer too who sang all the classic cockney songs with everyone singing along and standing up for the national anthem – it’s always a patriotic day for us.
“I enjoy it more than New Year’s Eve and Day. My husband is Irish so he gets St Patrick’s Day, but he can never drink as much as me.”