Dancers and dragons at St George’s parade

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A smoke-breathing dragon, an interpretation of The Wizard of Oz and a re-enactment of the English Civil War were among the attractions at the annual St George’s Weekend in Long Sutton.

Crowds lined the streets for the two-day festival organised by Events and Entertainment in Long Sutton (EELS) that also featured Bourne Borders Dancing Team with its play, St George and the Dragon, an Elvis Presley tribute act, Holbeach Town Band and a vintage vehicles display.

Lucy and Charlie Crisp ride aboard a 14ft smoke-breathing dragon float at the St George's weekend parade in Long Sutton. Photo:  SG270413-TW  www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Lucy and Charlie Crisp ride aboard a 14ft smoke-breathing dragon float at the St George's weekend parade in Long Sutton. Photo: SG270413-TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

The weekend was officially opened by Professor Francis Pryor from the TV series Time Team and John Hayes, MP for South Holland and The Deepings, was another special guest to visit the event.

EELS chairman Jack Tyrrell said: “It went very well and I was very pleased with the amount of people who came along.

“I was surprised by the number of people who stood on the footpaths to watch the parade and we were pleased to see Mr Hayes who had a walk round the town.”

The parade was dominated by a 14ft high and 24ft long smoke-breathing blue dragon made by Barry Meade, Denny Woods and a band of helpers.

Andrew Burnett and Phillip Plant from The Trayned Band re-enact a scene fron the English Civil War. Photo:  SG270413-111TW  www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Andrew Burnett and Phillip Plant from The Trayned Band re-enact a scene fron the English Civil War. Photo: SG270413-111TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

It was joined by another dragon called Cedric made by children from Tydd St Mary Primary School and a float created by volunteers from Long Sutton in Bloom.

The Trayned Bandes of England brought alive the 17th English Civil War with their Oliver Cromwell-themed outfits, A Touch of Drama theatre group thrilled crowds with their version of The Wizard of Oz and motor enthusiasts were drawn to a display of classic cars and motor bikes.

Jack said: “The weekend was about celebrating St George but more about promoting Long Sutton as a town for people to visit and enjoy.”

Painted faces for Amy Burrows and Bryony Watts. Photo:  SG280413-120TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Painted faces for Amy Burrows and Bryony Watts. Photo: SG280413-120TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Long Suton in Bloom float riders Megan and Shannon Wallis, Millie Cubley, Courtney and Tiffany Wallis. Photo:  SG270413-114TW  www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Long Suton in Bloom float riders Megan and Shannon Wallis, Millie Cubley, Courtney and Tiffany Wallis. Photo: SG270413-114TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Romy Ward of A Touch of Drama theatre group stars in The Wizard of Oz.  Photo:  SG270413-134TW  www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Romy Ward of A Touch of Drama theatre group stars in The Wizard of Oz. Photo: SG270413-134TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto