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Thursday, 23 April 2009

A very English patron saint

England's patron saint will be celebrated around the county this week as we mark St George’s Day.

Although the country’s national day is today events will be held throughout the week.

On the day itself, Bridport Arts Centre is holding a dance at 7.30pm with music from the Rex Trevett Big Band, raising funds for the band’s memorial fund and the centre.

Professional dancer Glenn Bayliss and partner will give a ballroom dancing display. Dress to impress with a red and white theme.

Thursday is also a big day for Wellworths manager Claire Robertson, who will find out if she has been chosen as the ultimate champion of England after taking over the former Woolworths store in Dorchester.

Wellworths will be stocking some St George’s Day products and the store will be patriotically decorated.

Also getting into the spirit will be Dorset County Council, which will fly the English flag on its Dorchester building.

The 51st annual fair at St George’s Church, Fordington, will take place on Saturday from 1.30pm to 4pm in the church grounds and the church itself.

Activities will include skittles and a bouncy castle, displays will come from Crystal Cheerleaders, a taekwondo group, and the Durnovaria Band, plus competitions in skills such as photography and cake-making, and much more.

On Sunday, the Dorchester and District Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will assemble at Charles Street car park to be inspected by town mayor Kate Hebditch.

This is followed by the parade, led by Dorchester Carnival Band, to the United Church for a service at 3pm. Some events have already taken place around the borough – at Dorset County Museum on Saturday, youngsters made models of St George and the dragon.

And just for the adults, Portland Red Triangle Cricket Club hosted a three-day beer festival over the weekend.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 23rd April 2009

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