By George, that’s a celebration fit for a Saint

The Oxford Times: George Small as his namesake St George George Small as his namesake St George

THE legend of St George was celebrated in style on Saturday as Wallingford town centre was closed off to traffic to host a day of activities.

More than 1,000 people were expected to have attended the Market Square festival of live music, stalls, Morris dancing, and a Punch and Judy show.

St Mary’s Street and St Martin’s Street were shut off for the event which was organised by volunteers at community group the Wallingford Partnership.

Delivery driver George Small attended dressed as England’s patron saint.

The 44-year-old, of Radnor Road, said: “I just wanted to be in the spirit of things. I do it every year.”

And he said he was glad Wallingford put on the annual event as St Patrick’s Day and St David’s Day seemed to be celebrated more widely.

Town mayor Bernard Stone also said it was great to see the town mark St George’s Day.

He said: “It is nice for each part of the British Isles to celebrate those occasions and celebrate the diversity within the British Isles.

“It is a tradition in our history,” he added.

It was the seventh time the town had held the event to mark the saint’s day of April 23.

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