Shipley flags ‘not in tribute to former PM’

St. Georges day flags flying in Heanor, Marlpool and Shipley.
St. Georges day flags flying in Heanor, Marlpool and Shipley.

The organisers of St George’s Day celebration in Shipley have made it clear the event is in no way connected to the death of Margaret Thatcher.

Flags flying along the route of a planned parade set for Saturday (April 20), attracted complaints from some residents who thought they were intended to pay homage to the controversial former Tory Prime Minister.

MDL090425A4 - Ilkeston St. Georges day parade

MDL090425A4 - Ilkeston St. Georges day parade

Some thought the flags attached to lamp posts in the village were flying at half mast in her memory.

But organiser Jane Wells said: “We have one aim and that is for us all to have an amazing day like we did last year with the Diamond Jubilee.

“We must stress 100 per cent that our flags are in no way connected to the death of Margaret Thatcher – which has been indicated by some residents. Let’s enjoy our day in the spirit it has been organised for the community.”

The parade assembles at noon at All Saints’ Church, Marlpool, and sets off at 12.30pm, finally arriving at Shipley Parish Rooms at 4.15pm.

Along the way attractions will include jousting from the Nottingham Knights, a marching band, a Territorial Army’s gun display, and a mini-beer festival.

All funds raised will go to Soldiers off the Streets and the Blend Youth Project. The festivities have been organised by Malrpool and Shipley Community Group.

• In Ilkeston there will be a mini festival in the Sir John Warren, Market Place, to mark Englands’ patron saint.

Kellapolooza, in aid of Help For Heroes, starts at 2pm and features bands including Blythecurse and Crazy Diamond and the Wolfman and It rock disco.

The event starts runs until 12midnight and there will be collections throughout.

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