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Celebrate St George's Day at Blists Hill Victorian Town (25th March 2015)

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 the patron saint of England, St George over the weekend of 25th and 26th April.

New for this year will be a parade around the historic streets of Blists Hill. Visitors are invited to come dressed as their favourite English historical figure from either the Victorian period or earlier and join in the parade. During the day watch out for the ‘Parade Organiser’ who will be looking for recruits to join in the celebrations giving out sashes and encouraging visitors to join the procession. The parade will start at 2pm by the Printers and circle around the top of the Town.

The much loved Sundial Theatre Company will be on hand and perform a fun open-air interpretation of St George’s legendary slaying of the Dragon at 2.30pm. Throughout the weekend the Town will be decorated in patriotic red, white and blue to mark this special occasion.

The story of St George and the Dragon, which probably dates back to the 12th 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 became a highlight of England’s social calendar from the 15th century.

Open 10am to 5pm Blists Hill is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums. A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing entry into all ten museums and unlimited return visits, costs £27.95 per adult, £21.50 for the 60 plus, £16.95 for students and children, £68 for a family of two adults and all their children aged up to 18 years in full time education (terms and conditions apply) and £50 for a family with one adult; under 5s free. Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge in addition to the museum admission fee. Individual museum entry tickets are also available.

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