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By George! Lets celebrate!

The streets of March will come alive with music, entertainment and games when the town hosts a celebration of all things English this weekend.

Hundreds of people will pack into the town on Sunday for its eighth annual St George’s Fayre.

The High Street and Broad Street will be closed to traffic to make way for a bustling street market and funfair, promising a fun-filled day for the whole family to enjoy.

The fayre kicks off at 10.15am when a colourful carnival-style parade in celebration of England’s patron saint makes it way through the town centre to the Market Place, ready for the official opening at 10.30am. At 10.35am the fancy dress competition will take place, with this year’s theme being the Queen’s 90th birthday.

There will be the chance to have a go at circus skills, hold a bird of prey, enjoy a narrow boat trip with Fox’s and take a tower tour at St Peter’s Church.

There will also be Punch and Judy shows and magic shows, along with medieval knights, a duck race and a vintage cycle display.

A vintage fire engine will be on show and, in the stall-lined town centre, there will be stilt walkers, circus performers and dancers from the Casey Academy of Irish Dance.

For the first time, visitors can walk, crawl, roll and jump in land zorbs, running near the library from 10am.

Music fans will be in for a treat with a host of live music on the Market Place and at Georges. The bar and restaurant is hosting the Willow Fest Open Mic event throughout the day and evening, with artists hoping their performances will win them a spot at the music extravaganza in July.

There’s also a St George’s shield design competition for youngsters, a photo competition organised by March Camera Club, and a best-dressed window contest, as well as a children’s spot the dragon competition.

The event is one of four ‘Four Seasons’ events organised by Fenland Council and a committee of events volunteers, along with support from March Town Council.

For more information about the fayre and competitions visit: www.marchtown-events.co.uk/st-georges-fayre

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