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ST GEORGE'S DAY 2004 IN ROSS-ON-WYE
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St. George's Day was celebrated in traditional style in Ross-on-Wye on 23rd April 2004 by many local people, both in town and at various establishments. Below I have published six of the many photographs I took during the afternoon and evening, which began for me by visiting Medieval Knight, Chris Mailey at his home and watching whilst Mike Hall struggled to dress Chris and Jon Holden in authentic medieval armour.

Chris, Jon and Mike accompanied by the much younger knight, Jacob Timms then walked through the town handing out the flag of St. George and sweets to children, making their way to the Hope & Anchor for an evening of entertainment, which included Morris Dancing and singing. The walk was no mean feat for John and Chris, wearing the equivalent amount of metal as that which can be found in a small family saloon car.

At the Riverside, the knights were joined by Foxwhelp Morris and at the 'Hope', entertainment was provided by 'Wild Oats' Forest Border Morris with 'Milne and James' performing in the bar. The evening finished for me by rushing to Wilton Court, where I photographed a Wild Oats and Forest Morris combined dance session. I later joined in, playing a borrowed guitar for one or two of the folk tunes which finished off the evening. Only one shandy passed my lips throughout as I needed to see through the camera and the knights had a situation, in that armour suffers certain similarities to those of a space suit but with a less sophisticated filtration unit!. The same cannot be said for most however and I suspect that a certain amount of drunkenness may have taken place.

St. George's Day 2004 in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
Medieval knights, Chris Mailey, Mike Hall, Jon Holden and Jacob Timms at the Market House, Ross-on-Wye on St. George's Day 2004.
St. George's Day 2004 in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
Medieval Knights, Chris, Jon and Jacob at the Hope & Anchor on St. George's Day.
St. George's Day 2004 in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
Foxwhelp Morris at the Riverside Inn on St. George's Day. .
St. George's Day 2004 in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
'Wild Oats' Forest Border Morris at the Hope & Anchor on St. George's Day.
St. George's Day 2004 in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
'Wild Oats' Forest Border Morris at the Hope & Anchor on St. George's Day.
St. George's Day 2004 in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
'Wild Oats' Forest Border Morris with Forest of Dean Morris at Wilton Court Hotel on St. George's Day.

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