By George! That was fun

St George's parade to St Nicholas Chapel by Scouts, ANL-160424-171911009
St George's parade to St Nicholas Chapel by Scouts, ANL-160424-171911009
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Lynn and Downham led the way to mark St George’s Day with celebrations of heritage and patriotism.

People from all over West Norfolk regonised the patron saint of England, who legend says, slayed a dragon, saved a princess and caused a whole village to convert to Christianity.

St George's Day on the Town Square at Downham Market'Chidren from Nelson Academy School ANL-160422-180745009

St George's Day on the Town Square at Downham Market'Chidren from Nelson Academy School ANL-160422-180745009

The date falls on the same day as his death, the day Roman emperor Diocletian executed him for his beliefs in 303 AD.

It was first declared as St George’s day in 1222 by the Council of Oxford.

Scouts from North West Norfolk marked the day with a parade from Tuesday Market Place to St Nicholas Chapel on Sunday.

Hundreds of scouts, beavers, cubs, explorers and network scouts marched their way to the historic chapel.

St George's Day on the Town Square at Downham Market'George (David Sharman) and the Dragon (Frank Daymond) ANL-160422-180819009

St George's Day on the Town Square at Downham Market'George (David Sharman) and the Dragon (Frank Daymond) ANL-160422-180819009

The parade was led by North-west Norfolk scout district commissioner Rowland Smith and was followed by a service.

Scouts collected in aid of West Norfolk Mind and were joined by West Norfolk Mayor Colin Manning.

Downham staged its annual re-enactment of a fight between a brave St George and a dragon.

With the special day falling on a weekend, the council moved their event to the nearest school day.

St George's Day on the Town Square at Downham Market'Chidren from Hillcrest  School ANL-160422-180830009

St George's Day on the Town Square at Downham Market'Chidren from Hillcrest School ANL-160422-180830009

This allowed youngsters from surrounding schools to join in and enjoy the annual spectacle.

They cheered the knight and booed his dragon enemy throughout the duel.

St George was played by town councillor Dave Sharman, and the dragon by deputy mayor Frank Daymond, who has featured in the role since the event first started.

Mr Sharman, who has portrayed St George for the last four years, said: “It is a real fun half-an-hour and the children really enjoy it.

“This year we asked children to make and bring their own flags.

“I feel a rotten fool dressing up, but its great to see the kids having so much fun.”

Youngsters from Hillcrest Primary and Nelson Academy were among the school’s watching the fight.