Anyone looking forward to this year's St George's Day celebrations in the Town Park is going to be disappointed - it's been cancelled.
According to Telford & Wrekin Council's Arts & Culture Service Manager, the number of events the council puts on has been scaled back due to budget constraints and St George's Day has been cancelled. Instead, they want to start an annual festival in the park during the summer.
The Stone Cross St George's Day parade in West Brom regularly attracts over 25,000 people who parade through the town and finish up in Dartmouth Park for music, entertainment and a market. The parade attracts people from all over the country and provides an enormous boost to the local economy.
Since the council moved from the civic offices to Addenbrooke House, they don't even fly our national flag any more and now they've decided that our national day isn't important enough to celebrate. There are six flag poles on the entrance to Ironmasters Way where there the council's new offices are so there is no shortage of opportunities to fly the flag and if there is money for a summer festival, there is money for St George's Day.
The Stone Cross St George's Day parade is organised by local residents and funded from donations after Sandwell Council, like Telford & Wrekin, decided that our national day wasn't worth celebrating. If that's the only way our patron saint's day will be celebrated in Telford & Wrekin then we will have to organise future events ourselves. If you'd like to be involved in organising a St George's Day event for next year then please get in touch.