PATRIOTIC people turned out in their thousands on Sunday to celebrate a piece of English history.
St George's Day was on Monday but Nantwich town councillors organised festivities 24 hours early so more could enjoy medieval culture and fun.
Activities included street entertainment, craft stalls, a blacksmith, weavers and charity stalls, with a jazz band providing music.
Town councillor and event organiser, Keith Cafferty, was delighted with how the day was received.
He said: 'It was hugely enjoyable with around 2,500 residents joining in from 12-4.30pm. There was a great atmosphere and lots of children present.
'We tried to provide most activities such as face painting and balloon-making for free and all the councillors
turned up in medieval clothing. We probably made fools of ourselves but I think it was worth it.
'As a country, we seem to be renitent to celebrating our patron saint, unlike the Irish and Welsh who make a fuss about it all. We decided as a town council to grab the bull by the horns and celebrate our English heritage.'
He added: 'There was no political motive, just a celebration. It was about creating something special for the Nantwich people, and bringing the community together in a pleasant atmosphere.
'There was a large paper maché model of George and the dragon, and the kids were very interested in what it was all about. Shops and businesses also benefited from the day by opening specially.
'The success of the day means that this could become part of the town's social calendar. Next year we would look to make improvements where necessary. The second year is always going to be make or break, but it would be nice to make this an annual event.'