By George, what a day!

St Georges day parade at War memorial on Laburnham road with WGHS pupils, the Mayor and Norman Hazell

St Georges day parade at War memorial on Laburnham road with WGHS pupils, the Mayor and Norman Hazell

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PATRIOTIC pupils learned about England’s past during celebrations for St George’s Day.

Around 80 youngsters from Wakefield Girls High School (WGHS) laid wreaths and said prayers to remember the patron saint of England.

Norman Hazel, chairman of Royal Society of St George, organised the event with fellow members Bernard Calvert, Barry Slater and Eric Parkin.

This year’s annual event took place at the war memorial on Laburnum Road due to roadworks being carried near the cenotaph on Rishworth Street.

Mr Hazell said: “We believe this day should be commemorated and we should celebrate being English.

“I explained about the importance of St George and how he was a Roman soldier and never actually stepped foot in England.

“But we later adopted him as our patron saint and his cross forms the national flag for our country.

“It helps bring history to life more than reading it all from text books.”

They were also joined by Mayor of Wakefield Roz Lund and Deacon of St Austin’s Church Nick Shields for the small service on Monday - St George’s Day.

WGHS teacher Angela Wimbush said: “The girls were first invited by Norman to mark St George’s Day when the cenotaph was based opposite the school.

“It has since been moved but the girls have been invited ever since and it has become somewhat of a yearly tradition.

“It is a great tradition to be part of, helping to promote English heritage and patriotism and it educates the girls about St George.

“Norman asked the girls to gather together next to the cenotaph so he could tell them why they had been asked to join him and to give a brief history of St George.”