St George’s dragon roars to life in Ilford as borough celebrates day of patron saint

St George and his dragon came to life today as Ilford was visited by the mythical creatures to celebrate the English patron saint in traditional weather conditions.

Brave St George and his rather docile dragon companion named Epico treated adults and children to a show under the grey rain clouds in High Road.

Under the make-up of our patron saint and the striking dragon suit were Birmingham based performers Michael Crouch and Jamie Duncombe, who tour the country with there numerous creatures.

Jamie said: “The rain meant there were not too many people to perform in front of, but we’ve done big crowds and this was a nice chance to get a little more personal with people.

“We built Epico ourselves over the course of about a year and have performed in Ilford a number of times before in the run up to the Olympics.”

Meanwhile, shepherd’s pie and sausage and mash were just two of the traditional dishes on the menu for a St George’s Day themed lunch.

The event was put on by hospitality and catering students at Redbridge College’s Rouge Restaurant in Barley Lane, Little Heath.

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Students Himani Kalia, 22, and Georgina Boddington, 18, organised the lunch which hosted about 50 people.

Georgina, who studies professional cookery and planned the menu for the day, said: “My family enjoy traditional English food and were my main inspiration when coming up with the menu.

“This was only the second time I have been in charge of a full kitchen and it was very busy, but a fantastic experience.”

Running the restaurant floor was Himani who studies event management.

Himani said: “The event had a great response from the public and we were pleased to have so many visitors, with some visiting the restaurant for the first time.

“Many people commented on the vibrant St George’s decorations and the fun atmosphere in the restaurant.”

For more information about upcoming events call 020 8548 7441.