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Participation: Frieda Svensen saw the Open Council's Northumberland Street 'say what you see' video and decided to make one of her own based on this English dancer.
First class: Open Council assistants filmed the proffesional morris dancers performing for the lunchtime revellers.

Children from Moorside Community Primary School in the west end of Newcastle read poems and historian Gail-Nina Anderson gave an illustrated talk on St George- the Facts and Myths inside St Thomas’. The proceedings inside the church will concluded at 1.15 with a blessing for St George’s Day by the Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Martin Wharton.

Councillor David Faulkner, Deputy Leader of the Council, said “We thought it was time that we did more to mark St George’s Day than we have in recent years. We know that there’s increasing interest in celebrating the day as a special one – not only for our patron saint but also the birthday of William Shakespeare, perhaps the greatest and best-known person of English decent.”

The St George’s Day activities were promoted under the umbrella of “Newcastle: City for Peace” but unfortunatly that wasn't the case at the Monument where trouble flared between racist and anti-racist groups.


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Members were treated to a first class display of traditional English dancing outside St. Thomas' for this years St. Georges day parade. There was also traditional English music and dance, readings of great patriotic poems and speeches inside the church.

The day started at 8.30 am outside the Civic Centre when the Lord Mayor, Councillor David Wood, performed the ceremony of the raising of the flag of St George. He also be placed red and white flowers by the statue of St George at the junction of St Mary’s Place and the Haymarket, by St Thomas Church.

Inside St Thomas there were speeches, delivered by actors, about England and about patriotism from the works of Shakespeare.  This is to commemorate the fact that 23rd April is also the birthday of the bard.

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St. Georges Day