GALLERY: Thousands turn out for Newport's tenth St George's Day celebrations

By Matthew Growcott | Newport | News | Published:

Thousands of people turned out for the tenth St George's Day parade in Newport.

The day included all manner of themed entertainment and food including the ever popular dragon sausages.

The parade marched through the town from midday on Saturday, and the brave St George again managed to slay the dragon outside the library.

WATCH footage from the parade here:

Newport St George's Day Parade 2019

The day also included the annual Mile of Cash charity appeal, and organiser Councillor Peter Scott said they topped their £1,000 target.

"The weather is always the crucial part of any event, and we were blessed by weather," he said. "It brought the crowds out.

"It was good to see such a large group of people assembled around Newport. It's hard to say how many were there, but it has to be a couple of thousand. It wasn't just Newport area people, but people from Telford and Staffordshire too.

"It's gratifying to see people supporting this event. It's something we have now done for 10 years and it's gone from strength to strength,


"The local economy gets a boost, everybody seemed very happy. It was good to see children posing with the main characters. People got involved, dragon sausages went down extremely well – It was just a great day for the town."

Although it was the tenth year of celebrations in the town, Councillor Scott said they saw it as just another year.

"This event is cemented into the programme for Newport annually," he said. "People expect it, look forward to it and crucially they support it.

"You can easily set up events like this and they peter out, but we have an enthusiastic committee who put a lot of work into this. Road closures have to be arranged, people have to be booked in advance. There is a lot that has to be done. It looks easy in a way, but things don't get done unless people get down and do them.


"We always have concerns that things go wrong and people might not turn up. But I see all the people trying to get a good spot, I see the size of the crowds, the smiles and laugher, and I find that thrilling."

The total raised from the Mile of Cash is £1,018, with more money expected to come in.

Money from the Mile of Cash will this year go towards Newport Cottage Care and refurbishment of the Newport 1st Scout hut.

Councillor Scott said anybody who would like to get involved in the plans for 2020's celebrations would be more than welcome.

"Once more we hope people support us," he said. "People who want to get involved can get involved. More shops can get involved, more people can join the parade. It's an event for everybody. Come and join us for 2020."

Matthew Growcott

By Matthew Growcott
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