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Rochdale flies the flag for St George’s Day

Residents came together to celebrate St George’s Day at Rochdale Town Hall. 

Drawn to the town hall by a town crier, people gathered together to celebrate the day of England’s patron saint. 

The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Mohammed Zaman, raised the flag of St George whilst the national anthem played and Reverend Margaret Smith read a prayer. 

The chair of the Multi-Faith Partnership, Robin Parker, read a St George themed poem. The poem, written in the style of a Shakespearian sonnet, celebrates the community spirit in the borough. 

Attendees were invited into the town hall for refreshments and the cutting of the St George cake. A free book stall was available as part of World Book Night, which takes place on St George’s Day every year. 

Mark Dalzell, head of neighbourhood services at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “It was great to see so many people coming together to join in with the St George’s Day celebrations. Thank you to everyone who contributed to a lovely morning and we hope everyone enjoys their new books.”

23 Apr 2019