The George celebrates St George and the Dragon with roaring beer and cider festival

The George in Hadleigh preparing for its St George's Day celebrations.
Andy Grimsey and Tori Harman

The George in Hadleigh preparing for its St George's Day celebrations. Andy Grimsey and Tori Harman. - Credit: Archant

Many people call for it to be a new Bank Holiday to celebrate, but that does not mean St George’s Day does not go unnoticed in Hadleigh.

The George in Hadleigh preparing for its St George's Day celebrations.
L-R Darren Gurr, Sadie Roast

The George in Hadleigh preparing for its St George's Day celebrations. L-R Darren Gurr, Sadie Roast, Andy Davis, Tori Harman, Andy Grimsey. - Credit: Archant

Fittingly The George public house in High Street marks the occasion every year – and this year they have expanded their celebrations to include the weekend.

As well as putting up the bunting and making a fuss of England’s patron saint’s day the pub has also put on a four day beer and cider festival, which began yesterday.

Tenant Tori Harman said it was important St George’s Day was not overlooked.

“I think we should celebrate it,” she said. “We need to celebrate our patron saint.

“Everyone celebrates St Patrick’s Day and different bits and pieces, so we have always made a thing of St George’s Day here.

“We usually get a good turnout.”

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The beer and cider festival, which runs until Sunday, is also a themed one to tie in with the occasion.

Mrs Harman said many of the drinks available had either a connection with George or his infamous dragon in their names.

There are 17 beers included as part of the festival, which will also feature live music both tonight and tomorrow night.

There will also be a traditional English fayre at the pub.

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