FORGET slaying dragons and saving fair maidens - this year's St George's Day celebrations in one Oxfordshire town were led by women.

The standard patriotic party in Wallingford yesterday was interrupted when a band of 'suffragettes', kitted out in period costumes and carrying placards, marched through the Market Place.

The costumed crusaders were joining the year of celebrations to mark 100 years since women first won the right to vote in this country.

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In another triumph of equality, this year's traditional Morris Dancing display in the Market Place was given by a perfectly gender-balance side of four men and four women.

Elsewhere in the town there was a model railway display in St Mary's Church, a photographic exhibition in the town hall, children's rides, face painting and food and drink. 

The celebrations, co-ordinated by Wallingford Town Council, were held two days ahead of April 23 to allow the whole town to join in.

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