Get back to Hilgay Fen, dragon told!

St George's Day celebrations in Downham Market town square ANL-150424-082536009
St George's Day celebrations in Downham Market town square ANL-150424-082536009
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It is a little known fact that the dragon that St George has to vanquish every year lives for 364 days of the year in Hilgay Fen.

That, anyway, is the story told to schoolchildren who come along to watch the annual St George’s Day celebrations in Downham Market Town Square.

St George's Day celebrations in Downham Market town square ANL-150424-082634009

St George's Day celebrations in Downham Market town square ANL-150424-082634009

Pupils attended from Hillcrest Primary School and Nelson Academy schools and John Doyle, Downham mayor, said: “It was a very good day. The children loved it as usual.

“We always tell them that the dragon lives in Hilgay Fen and comes to the town every year to do battle with St George. But we say he cannot be killed because he is an endangered species. So we just shoot him back to Hilgay Fen for another year.

“I think it is important to celebrate it,” said Mr Doyle. “The Irish have St Patrick, the Welsh, St David and the Scottish St Andrew. And we have got St George.”

The event is organised by Downham Market Town Council’s event committee.

St George's Day celebrations in Downham Market town square ANL-150424-082611009

St George's Day celebrations in Downham Market town square ANL-150424-082611009

“We just do it for the fun of it. We always put the bunting out and decorate the town square. The sun came out nicely this year,” he added.

Also contributing to the spectacle were the children who not only made flags of St George but also their own dragon and a cardboard cut-out St George.

St George's Day celebrations in Downham Market town square ANL-150424-082500009

St George's Day celebrations in Downham Market town square ANL-150424-082500009