CHESTER will be celebrating England’s national day with two events to mark the life and times of its patron saint and the city’s colourful history.
On Thursday, April 23, the ‘true’ story of St George will be revealed by pupils of Huntington School in The Dragon’s Tail, a fast-paced piece of street theatre.
With the help of local artist Russell Kirk, youngsters have been working hard putting the final touches to their props and costumes. Now their lines are learnt and their swords polished.
But all is not quite as it seems, was the Dragon really the fire breathing monster of fable, or perhaps he didn’t really deserve all the bad press?
There will be performances of a play with a real twist at Chester Town Hall Square at noon on the day and in Eastgate at 1pm.
Two days later at St John’s Church from 11am-4.30pm costumed characters from the important periods of Chester’s history will recount tales from its eventful and sometimes riotous past.
Visitors will be able to relive the days of the Romans, Vikings, Victorians and Medieval and Civil War periods.
While St George himself will not be present, his predecessors will be more than willing to tell the story of England’s patron saint – who was thought by some historians to have once been a soldier in the service of ancient Rome.