St George's Day/ 2017 St George's Day
Sun 23rd April 2017 at 12.00 pm - 5.30 pm
A day of family fun celebrating St George and the Pinner community
“Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Gibbs Gillespie, this has been one of the best, probably the best, St George’s Day celebrations in the last 12 years”
High praise from Gordon Williams, the founder of the event, who has now passed the organisation over to Pinner Rotary. And it was certainly very successful if the crowds filling the High Street were anything to go by!
The weather helped, after two decidedly chilly years we were blessed with some spring sunshine. The High Street always looks attractive; with the sun, the crowds, the colourful stalls and bunting it had a properly festive air. There were children’s rides and activities including Estar Artistics face painting and a balloon modeller, Appreciating Animals petting farm, and many food stalls and community fund raisers.
The Scouts’ Parade was bigger than ever, a testimony to the timeless appeal of the Scout Movement. Over a hundred members, from Rainbows to Explorers, renewed their Promises in the presence of the Deputy Mayor of Harrow, the District Commissioner and representatives of the Royal Society of St George.
After some rousing bell ringing to get the celebrations underway, Gemma Turner gave us a lively performance of cockney favourites and last night of the proms classics. With Punch & Judy shows taking place on Church Green, English Miscellany kept the High Street buzzing with their colourful displays of English folk dances.
Marking the highlight of the afternoon, ten wheelbarrows with their crews in various fancy dress outfits were led by St George on his horse through the streets of Pinner to the start of the Wheelbarrow Race on Little Common. This unique event proved as entertaining as ever, as teams of two, one in the barrow the other pushing, raced madly through the streets. With the invaluable assistance of our local policing team, we managed to guide them all safely over the finishing line on Church Green, via the requisite beer drinking stops.
Congratulations to the winning team from the Oddfellows Arms in their aerodynamic lizard suits, and the best dressed competitors, the Aviators.
Harrow Radio were broadcasting live throughout the afternoon, providing music, interviews and commentary.
We are very grateful to Rotarian James Gibbs of Gibbs Gillespie Estate Agents for their generous sponsorship of the St George’s Day celebrations. Funds raised on the day will go to our supported charity, Teenage Cancer Trust.
All other photos taken by Pinner Rotarians Cathy Kim and David Bays