By George! What a great occasion!


Parades and festivals filled the streets of Chorley and Leyland to mark this year’s St George’s Day celebrations.

Scouts took part in various parades, with Fleet Street, Cheapside, Market Street, St George’s Street, Church Street, Chapel Street and Park Road being closed to the public from 2.30pm.

In Chorley, St Peter’s Band lead the way, while in Leyland, Scouts attended a service and prizegiving ceremony in St Mary’s Church, before beginning their march in Worden Park.

And as well as processions, there was also fun to be had in Chorley’s Astley Park, where students from Southlands High School enjoyed a fun-packed family festival.

The event, which was backed by leading Chorley car dealership The Chorley Group, was the third festival that the school has organised.

It has developed from investigations by students into how best to mark St George’s Day in the 21st century.

Pupils learned that, in Medieval times, Guilds funded and organised plays, community theatre and music, and as a consequence they filled their event with a full programme of performances.

These included a Mummers play, performed by Southlands students, and a range of dance activities, which included pupils from All Saints Primary School.

There was also a traditional Chinese lion dance, Punch and Judy, brass band music from Chorley Silver Band and performances by Cheeky Monkeys, Chorley.

And arts and crafts activities, archery, a 70ft inflatable dragon obstacle course and bouncy castle for children provided more entertainment.

All money raised on the day, from programme sales, souvenirs and activities, is being used to support the Bijilo school in Gambia.