St George’s Day to be marked with a wooden dragon in Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 12:51 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:40 11 April 2018

George the wooden Dragon. Photo: Alan Hamer

George the wooden Dragon. Photo: Alan Hamer


The spirit of St George is coming to Redbridge in the form of a giant wooden dragon this month.

St George - the patron saint of England - was a soldier in the Roman army who killed a dragon and saved a princess, according to legend.

Residents of all ages will be able to operate the controls of a 12ft George the dragon in Ken Aston Square, in Barkingside High Street, on Saturday, April 21 from midday to 3pm.

Provided by entertainment company Jelly Rogers, the dragon plays music, blows bubbles and moves around under the control of a half dozen handles.

Other St George’s Day celebrations include a series of 30-minute Punch and Judy shows at Community Pitch, in Ilford town centre, at noon, 1pm and 2.30pm.

Lastly, the medieval legend of George and the Dragon will be performed by theatre company In Garlic Theatre mixing wit, humour and inventiveness. For more information visit

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