On Sunday 21 April, Whitworth held its celebration of England’s patron saint, St George at an event organised by the Tourism and Leisure Committee of Whitworth Town Council.
Despite the inclement weather forecast the rain just about managed to hold off for the early afternoon procession along Market Street. Those processing included St George himself accompanied by a ferocious looking dragon (operated by young people from Whitworth Community High School). Other participants included the Mayor and Mayoress of Whitworth, Councillors David and Lynda Barnes, Whitworth MP Jake Berry and his wife, Charlotte, members of the town’s various uniformed organisations, Whitworth’s famous Vale & Healey Brass Band, and the members of the Curtain Theatre Company in their Pace Egg costumes.
There followed a Service of Celebration at the Riverside (Civic Hall), led by the Mayoral Chaplain, Rev Lyn Woodall. The service included a performance of the traditional ‘Pace Egg’ play by the Curtain Theatre Company and a short performance by students of Whitworth Community High School, and the winners of the primary schools colouring competition were announced. All four Whitworth primary schools took part, resulting in hundreds of entries. The eventual winners were as follows:
Patrick Kennedy aged 6 years from Our Lady and St Anselm’s Primary
Megan Ashworth aged 8 years from St Bartholomew’s Primary
Millie Sian Wilson aged 8 years from Tonacliffe Primary
Mason Jesson aged 5 years from St John with St Michael Primary
Councillor David Chorlton, Chair of the Tourism and Leisure Committee, said: “The hall was full for the service and we estimate that around 300 people were in attendance. On behalf of the Committee I offer sincere thanks to all who turned up to enjoy the event, and also to those who assisted on the day including the Police, marshals, Pace Egg performers, the Riverside staff, the Band, Rev Lyn, and our local uniformed organisations and schools.”
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Photos by Mike Burgess; used with kind permission.