St George’s Day Event
I’ve been out all day volunteering with the Wisbech Town Council St. George’s day event, which is primarily aimed at kids and families.
We were blessed with sunshine and the day went smoothly featuring a free bouncy castle, free facepainting, various competitions including fancy dress, colouring and the annual Dragon Hunt. There were stilt walkers, firebreathers and jugglers. There were knights and damsels and colourful hijinks. There was a storyteller (me, as it happens, save the jokes ;) ) and a wonderful Punch & Judy show. Loads of kids and parents came by and joined in the fun.
I noticed a few things. I noticed that the Lithuanian and Latvian and Polish and English kids all played and laughed and had fun together without any problem whatsoever, while their proud parents watched them have fun and smiled. I noticed that none of the key opposition – Independents or UKIP – turned up to help. Nothing new or surprising there. Except you’d have thought UKIP might have come along, given how they keep saying they want to limit people’s holiday choices by making St. Georges Day a Bank Holiday.
Thanks must be given to all the volunteers who turned out early this morning to set up marquees and tables and chairs and display boards. To Veronica from The Angel who painted so many happy Children’s faces. To the excellent bouncy castle and Punch & Judy people. To the very very very tall man and the jester :) To the folks from 2020Productions for all their invaluable help and enthusiasm. To the awesome ladies from Cats Pajamas who are so supportive both in terms of time and resources. To David & Jess Oliver, Sam Hoy & Garry Tibbs for their tireless work. To Susannah Farmer of course, and to the Mayor & Mayoress, Michael & Jane Hill. To David Gutteridge – aka the Viking – who had the idea to do all this in the first place a couple of years ago. I’m sure there were others I am forgetting, so thanks to them too!