Emsworth celebrates St. George’s Day on Monday 23rd April
The community of Emsworth will once again be celebrating St. George’s Day with its annual parade. The residents of Emsworth are rightly proud of their military neighbours on Thorney Island and St George’s Day gives residents and visitors the opportunity to show their gratitude to the men and women of our armed services for their unstinting dedication to duty, which in these uncertain times that we live seems even more appropriate.
For Emsworth this will be the 10th time it has invited soldiers from Thorney Island to celebrate St Georges Day and this year we will once again welcome the men and women of 16 Regiment Royal Artillery 11 Battery.
The Emsworth Rose, previously known as the Imjin Rose, will be presented to the Shinx Battery and all the veterans marching in the parade. The Emsworth Rose honours the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Imjin River in the often forgotten Korean War.
The parade will start at 10.30am with Veterans from various conflicts going back more than 60 years marching with 16 Regiment Royal Artillery through Emsworth accompanied by the band of the Royal Artillery. Children will also accompany the parade from Thorney Island Primary School and Emsworth Primary. It will culminate in St Peters’ Square in front of the Mayor of Havant, Cllr Elaine Shimbart and the Commanding Officer from the 16 Regiment Royal Artillery 11 Battery from Thorney Island.
Entertainment will feature George Regis’ Jazz Band in the Square and there will be a street collection on behalf of local branches of SSAFA.
A large crowd is expected to support this real community event and the organisers –local councillors, Havant Borough Council and the Emsworth Business Association are once again grateful to the Emsworth Residents Association and Hampshire County Council, who have contributed to the staging of this year’s parade.