Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 6 April 2022
THE FINAL preparations are now underway so that St. George’s Day can be celebrated in Hinckley town centre with a special programme of traditional entertainment.
Bunting has been installed and is decorating the town centre, helping to create a ‘festive’ atmosphere in preparation for the event, which will be held between 10am and 2.30pm on Saturday, 23 April.
Plenty of free entertainment and activities will be offered on the day – and it won’t just be for youngsters – the whole family can enjoy it.
Some of these activities include Morris dancing, a Punch and Judy show, Tom the Tale Teller, children’s crafts, a roaming face painter, and even St. George himself on stilts.
And, as the Free Press reported last month, a new play titled ‘Shakespeare in Hinckley’ will be performed inside of the Argents Mead bandstand – it will tell a fictional tale of ‘Shakespeare’s journey to Hinckley’.
Some small fair rides will also be available, but it has been stressed that charges will apply to use these.
Attendees who are feeling charitable and want to support local charities can do so as two will be in attendance.
These are The Islastones Foundation, who will be holding their very own ‘teddy tombola’.
And, the Hinckley branch of a charity named Baby Basics will host a donation centre for those who would like to donate pre-loved baby items for distribution to families who are in need.
A complete list of the items that the charity are after can be found on their Facebook page.
Members of the Hinckley District Scouting Association are to parade through the town with representatives and flags from groups across the borough, as they have done in previous years.
The parade will leave St Mary’s School at 1.15pm, turning from Station Road into Castle Street, New Buildings, Leicester Road and into St Peter’s RC Church.
In a statement, event organisers have gave motorists warning in advance that temporary rolling road closures will be in place in these areas so that the parade is able to pass safely.
Coun. Keith Nichols, the Borough Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Town Centres, said: “This is the 17th year that the Borough Council, supported by the Town Centre Partnership and Hinckley BID, have organised events to celebrate St George’s Day.
“It is a popular annual event that offers something for all ages to experience while enjoying the town’s shops and bustling market stalls.
“For the first time we will also have a play called ‘Shakespeare in Hinckley’ being performed in Argents Mead bandstand as well as a stilt walking St George and a range of arts and crafts stalls.
He concluded: “I hope to see lots of people coming out into the fresh air to celebrate our national day with us.”