17 photos of St George’s Day in Hoddesdon and Cheshunt as thousands of people turn out to celebrate

‘It was a massive undertaking and I cannot thank every single person enough who was involved.’

Thousands of people turned out for the St George’s Day festival and parade in Hoddesdon – which marked one of the first major events in the county since the pandemic. A family fun day, organised by Love Hoddesdon with the support of Broxbourne Borough Council, was held in the town centre last Saturday.

From 10am, there was an entertainment programme with a packed line-up including performances from Shed of Stories Street Theatre, Etcetera Morris Men, Mayhem Theatre Arts, Three Valleys Male Voice Choir, East Herts Operatic Society and Hertford Regional College.

Pupils from local primary schools joined the St George’s Day parade which featured the Love Hoddesdon mascot Master Henry Hoddas and set off from Lowewood Museum towards town. There was also plenty of street entertainers, children’s fun fair, food and charity stalls.

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Stephen Harris, chair of the Love Hoddesdon events and promotions committee, said: “The St George’s Day Festival and Children’s Parade was 15 months in the planning and six months in the detail with the aim being to celebrate the occasion as a family event. I have been waiting for April 23 to fall on a Saturday for four years as I prefer to celebrate special occasions on the right day and it doesn’t fall on a Saturday for another 11 years.

“Nearly 1,000 people were involved in bringing the event together including all of the schools and participants in the parade, stage and arena performers, community stall and funfair operators, street bands and entertainers and a small army of volunteers who either marshalled the parade or assisted the various section team leaders.

“It was a massive undertaking and I cannot thank every single person enough who was involved. The weather was on our side being dry and cloudy with a hint of the sun. All of the parade entries received a signed certificate to record that they were part of this historic occasion. Our best estimate is that throughout the whole day 7,500 people came along to support our first major event of 2022. Feedback all weekend has been brilliant with stall holders saying how well they had done and entertainers commenting on how well their performances were received.

“Official photographs of the day will be stored at the borough’s museum to record how Hoddesdon celebrated St George’s Day in 2022 just as there are images today of how the town celebrated special occasions 100 or more years ago. This is what the Love Hoddesdon Events and Promotions Team does best, bringing different events to the town that appeal to the whole community and in doing so keeping Hoddesdon vibrant.

“Our next event is the four day Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations with the Showtime Stage and Arena taking place on Saturday, June 4 together with vintage exhibits, street entertainers, community and craft stalls plus a traditional fun fair.”

A family fun day for celebrate St George’s Day was also held in Grundy Park, Cheshunt. There, entertainment included 15th century re-enactment from the Suffolk Swords, as well as birds of prey, a children’s funfair, inflatables and a traditional Punch and Judy show. A parade also made its way in East Hertfordshire including through Hertford and Ware.

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