For­mer mayor ful­fils prom­ise for Che­sham to mark St Ge­orge’s Day

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: Camil­la_Good­man

CHE­SHAM is set to cel­e­brate St Ge­orge’s Day for the first time this week­end with a spe­cial event be­ing held in the town cen­tre.

Last year, Che­sham’s for­mer mayor Coun­cil­lor Mo Fayyaz vowed to en­sure Eng­land’s na­tional day is cel­e­brated on April 23 this year af­ter he re­ceived com­plaints from the pub­lic about Che­sham not mark­ing the day, while he was at­tend­ing the an­nual St Ge­orge’s Day scout pa­rade.

True to his word, Mr Fayyaz, along with Che­sham Ac­tion Part­ner­ship, has or­gan­ised an event to mark the day.

The event is be­ing sup­ported by sup­ported by Che­sham Ro­tary Club, Che­sham Town Coun­cil and Chiltern District Coun­cil.

On Satur­day, April 23 Che­sham’s high street will be dec­o­rated with the St Ge­orge’s flag and lo­cal busi­nesses will be mak­ing spe­cial of­fers on the day.

A ‘life sized’ dragon will be tak­ing up res­i­dence in Mar­ket Square, but the town will be saved by Che­sham’s mayor – Peter Hud­son – who will slay the dragon dressed as St Ge­orge.

Mr Fayyaz said: “I’m de­lighted that Che­sham’s com­mu­nity and traders will be cel­e­brat­ing St Ge­orge’s Day. When I was mayor last year, many lo­cal peo­ple spoke to me or con­tacted me through so­cial me­dia, say­ing it was a shame that Che­sham didn’t do any­thing for St Ge­orge’s Day.

“I thought this was a chal­lenge I’m up for, so I ap­proached Che­sham Ac­tion Part­ner­ship (ChAP) to see if it could help.

“I’m very grate­ful in­deed to ChAP in part­ner­ship with Che­sham Ro­tary Club, Chiltern Cham­ber of Com­merce, Chiltern District Coun­cil and Che­sham Town Coun­cil for all their ef­forts to make it hap­pen.

“Let’s all have a good time on April 23 and be proud of Eng­land, St Ge­orge and our unique com­mu­nity mix that makes Che­sham an amaz­ing place to live and work.”

Chair­man of Che­sham Ac­tion Part­ner­ship Martin Parkes said: “This will be a day of cel­e­bra­tion in Che­sham where all vis­i­tors can en­joy and take part in the cel­e­bra­tions. The event is a fulfilment of a prom­ise made ex-mayor Mo­ham­mad Fayyaz that St Ge­orge’s day cel­e­bra­tions should be­come one of the high­lights in the town’s cal­en­dar on a sim­i­lar scale to Christ­mas in Che­sham.”

Mayor Peter Hud­son said: “I think it’s right that Che­sham cel­e­brates St Ge­orge’s Day.

“Eng­land’s Pa­tron Saint should be cel­e­brated as much as those from Ire­land and Scot­land.

“It’s also a great rea­son for the town to come to­gether and have some fun – I’m cer­tainly look­ing for­ward to do­ing bat­tle with the dragon! It will be great to see fam­i­lies out and about in the town cen­tre en­joy­ing them­selves and I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to come along and get in­volved on Satur­day.”

Let’s be proud of Eng­land, St Ge­orge and our unique com­mu­nity mix

March in time: The Che­sham All Girls Band lead­ing the St Ge­orge’s Day Pa­rade through the town

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