More than 8,000 people poured into the Castle Grounds on Saturday for Tamworth’s ever-popular St George’s Day celebrations.
Visitors travelled from far and wide to attend the spectacular day-long event – with families coming from as far away as Salford and Liverpool
The St George’s Day extravaganza is always one of the highlights in Tamworth’s events calendar – and has even been held up in Parliament as a shining example of how to celebrate England’s patron saint and hailed as ‘renowned throughout the country, if not the world’.
Saturday’s crowds were wowed by the skills of the medieval jousting company, when the Black Knight and Sir Robert Marmion once again battled for the honour of Tamworth. Visitors were also kept entertained by sword swallowing, children’s medieval workshops, have-a-go archery and medieval displays.
Nearly 600 children made flags, crowns and Saxon bracelets, more than 150 people made their own clay pots and 420 visitors even had a go at hobby horse racing.
A number of visitors dressed up as St George, princesses and knights – and even dogs got into the spirit of the day by sporting St George flags and neckerchiefs.
During the day and afterwards, social media sites Twitter and Facebook were flooded with positive comments from visitors to the St George’s Day event, including ‘great family day’, ‘brilliant event’, ‘an excellent day out’ and ‘a brilliant day with a lovely atmosphere’.