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Celebrate St George's Day at Blists Hill Victorian Town (25th March 2013)

Celebrate St George's Day at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge as they celebrate St George’s Day on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd April 2013.

Travelling actors from the Prince Albert Players will perform their own fun, open-air interpretations of St George’s legendary slaying of the Dragon at 12noon and 2pm both days near the print shop in the town, which will be decorated in patriotic red, white and blue for the special occasion.

The story of St George and the Dragon, which probably dates back to the twelfth century, represents the triumph of good over evil. According to the legend, a town was being terrorised by a dragon, which demanded a regular sacrifice and it was now the turn of a young princess. St George slayed the dragon and saved the princess from her fate.  St George is thought to have been a Roman soldier who died a martyr’s death in 303.   Celebrations on St George’s Day, 23 April, became a highlight of England’s social calendar from the 15th century. 

Open 10am to 5pm, Blists Hill Victorian Town is one of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing entry into all ten museums, valid for twelve months and unlimited return visits, costs £24 per adult, £19 for the 60 plus, £15.25 for students and children and £65 for a family of two adults and all their children aged up to 18 years in full time education (terms and conditions apply); under 5s free. Activities may vary and a Museum ticket is required to take part. Individual museum entry tickets are also available.

For further information, contact the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on Tel: 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk.  The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).