CRY FOR ENGLAND AND ST GEORGE IN PARADE
Former mayor fulfils promise for Chesham to mark St George’s Day
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