Over 1500 young people from 32 schools in Gravesham and Dartford will be taking part in community celebrations through Gravesend and Dartford town centres on April 23 to celebrate Saint Georges Day. The festivities has been organised by Kent Equality Cohesion Council in partnership with Cohesion Plus supported by Gravesham Borough Council and Dartford Borough Council’s in what will be some of the biggest celebrations taking place in England.

Work will shortly commence in schools to prepare special visual arts and craft displays which will be used during the parade which will be led by the Premier Brass Band, Big Fish Marching Band and the Cultural Beats Project and which will also involve other local music and dance projects. The focal point of the two parades will be a model of Saint George which has been made by local children.

The aim of the events is to celebrate the patron Saint of England and bring together the diverse communities in Gravesham and Dartford to celebrate this important day. The celebrations in Gravesham will take place between 10am and 11.30am and in Dartford between 1pm and 2.30pm.

Gurvinder Sandher the Director of Kent Equality Cohesion Council (KECC) who has been working on the celebrations for the past few months commented “This is our biggest celebration to date. I am really proud that working in conjunction with our local authority partners in Gravesham and Dartford that we have been able to organise such large scale celebrations to mark Saint George’s Day. I feel that Saint George’s Day should be celebrated more widely as it is an important way of bringing diverse communities together and celebrating what it means to be English today.”