Ollerton’s annual St George’s Day celebration is back for its 13th year on Sunday 22nd April. Bringing together a diverse range of activities, the event is one of the highlights in the village calendar and promises something for all ages to enjoy.
There were concerns the celebration might not go ahead this year due to a lack of volunteers and uncertainty over funding, but the Reverend Philip Howson scouted a new committee of volunteers eager for the event to succeed, and with the guidance of a couple of the event’s long-serving organisers, they have been hard at work creating a day to remember.
The St George’s Day Celebration Group raised a staggering £581.00 at Ollerton Tesco on Saturday 3rd March, and will be back at the store on Sunday 15th April, hoping to encourage lots of community support for the event and helping ensure next year’s celebration is even better. Thanks to the staff at Ollerton Tesco and to everyone who has supported the event so far.
The day’s fun will get underway in Ollerton Village at 12.00pm on 22nd April with the much-anticipated parade led by St George and his huge, colourful dragon. The action will then be split between the area around the main stage in front of the Hop Pole, and the adjoining field.
The legend of England’s dragon-slaying patron saint will of course include traditional activities such as Morris dancing, archery, the ‘Battle of the Dragon’ and plenty of stalls serving up tempting local fare.
This year will also showcase some fantastic musical talent, including singer and musician Laura Kelly, Edwinstowe dance and cheerleading troupe Spotlight Studios and the grand final of Ollerton’s Got Talent. If you’re a proud dog owner, why not enter your four-legged friend into the fun dog show? It includes categories such as ‘Most Adorable Eyes’ and awards for waggy tails and junior handlers.
There will also be displays from Go Active Falconry, a ‘selfie station’ with some great props made by our local school children, an art exhibition, choirs and bands, local teams battling it out in the tug-of-war and boxing demonstrations by Elite Fight Academy in the field.
Little ones will enjoy doing crafts, playing in the creche area provided by the church and taking a ride on the Dreamy Dragon.
Ollerton WI, Ollerton Village Residents Association (OVRA) and Ollerton Jubilee Garden Club are among the many stalls returning for 2018, offering a great social opportunity and a chance to find out more about local events taking place throughout the year.
Find out more about the day’s programme and some of the stalls taking part via the St George’s Day website and Facebook page www.stgeorgesdaycelebrationollerton.wordpress.com and www.facebook.com/StGeorgesDayOllerton.