Flag-raising family fun for St George’s Day

Rochdale town hall with St George’s Cross

Rochdale Borough Council is flying the flag for St George’s Day by inviting residents to take part in celebrations at the annual flag-raising ceremony outside the town hall on Saturday 23 April.

The ceremony will begin at 10am with the reading of a St George’s Day poem. The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Surinder Biant, will then raise the St George flag outside Rochdale town hall, (where it flies 365 days a year alongside the Union Flag) to celebrate the day of England’s patron saint and promote pride in our national heritage.

Saint Chad, Rochdale Parish Church, will also mark the occasion by ringing the church bells at 10:30am.

Following the flag-raising residents can take tea and scones inside Rochdale town hall.

Free family activities like face painting, balloon modelling and a St George’s Day-themed craft session will also be on offer at Touchstones museum from 10:30am until 1pm (craft session from 11am).

Coun Biant said: “We would like this year’s St George’s Day to be bigger and better than ever, so I want to encourage all our residents to come together as one big community and get involved in the celebrations. Let’s show everyone how proud we are of our country.”

19 Apr 2016