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Celebrate St George’s Day at Blists Hill Victorian Town Monday 23rd April (23rd April 2018)

Celebrate St George’s Day at Blists Hill Victorian Town Monday 23rd April

Join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge as they celebrate the legend of St George, the patron saint of England, on Monday 23rd April, when the windows along the streets will be decorated in red, white and blue.

See patriotic bunting being made in the Town’s cottages and learn about the legend of St George and the infamous tale of dragon slaying.

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 4.30pm Blists Hill is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums. Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge in addition to the museum admission fee. 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).