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St. George and the dragon in Coventry

St George's Day 2004
Celebrating St Georges day
A dragon and damsel in distress can only mean one thing - Coventry's been celebrating
St. George's day!

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St. George returned to Coventry today (Friday, 23 April).

The tale of the saint's confrontation with a terrifying dragon after the flesh of a young maiden was performed because legend has it that St George was born and died in the city.

You can find out more about the legend of St George by clicking on the link on the left.

Children from a couple of Coventry schools took part in re-enactments of the saintly tale at two locations in the city centre.

The performances included a giant dragon with Lee Barnes undertaking the role of the heroic saint and Gemma Dunleavy as the gorgeous damsel in distress.

Schools took part
Role play society Portly Pixie taught pupils from Allesley Hall Primary School and Potters Green Primary School acting skills for the event.

Potters Green were involved with the first performance in the cathedral ruins during the morning while Allesley Hall took part in the afternoon re-enactment in the Upper Precinct.

 St George's Day 2004
Supporting St George's day in Coventry
A time for celebration

The Coventry management and promotions agency CV One have commissioned the celebration and their event manager Jane Wynn said: “More and more people want to celebrate St George’s Day with as much colour and fun as the Irish celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

“For the last few years our celebrations of the legendary dragon-slayer who was born and died in Coventry have been very popular.

Picture the celebrations
Check out pictures from the re-enactment in Coventry's cathedral ruins. Were you there? Just click on the images button below

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Staff wore roses for St.George
Street cleaners, city gardeners and city centre customer service assistants marked England’s Patron Saint’s day by wearing red roses to work.

Staff at the city’s cleaning and greening agency, English Landscapes also supported the day by sporting red roses as they went about their duties.

 St.George's rose
Coventry staff wore roses for St.George's Day
The red rose is St. George’s traditional symbol and is often worn on the patron saint’s day.

The floral theme was also another innovative way of celebrating the city’s Britain in Bloom bid this year.

How did you celebrate. Did you wear a rose or did you fly the St George's cross? Let us know by emailing us with details and what you think of England's patron saint.

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