APR 01] CITY CENTRE COMPANY NEWS
George To Do Battle In Coventry
dragon will try his luck once more against St George in an action
replay of their legendary battle in Coventry city centre next
huge dragon, which needs five people to bring it to life, will meet
up with the hero knight in the Upper Precinct during the St George's
Day celebrations on 23 April organised by the City Centre Company.
Bailey of Coventry Guild of Tour Guides will play the part of St
George and big audiences will witness his stirring duels with the
always win. The dragon never seems to learn," joked Roger,
who has vanquished his medieval foe several times in the past.
George has strong historical links with Coventry. The red cross on
a white background is the symbol of the Knights Templar, who owned
a lot of land in Coventry," said Roger.
fact until two or three centuries ago it was accepted that St
George was born in Coventry and died here."
four metres tall dragon is supplied by The Portly Pixie, a local
company that specialises in live action fantasy role-playing.
Holdsworth, co-owner of the company said:
is an impressive sight and I am sure the audiences will be
thrilled by the action.
is so large it has to be operated by four men inside the body and
another to work the head. When it moves along it is very
impressive, but somehow I don't think it will provide an upset by
overcoming St George."
day's entertainment also includes performances around the city
centre by Coventry Mummers, who will stage several ritual plays.
Mumming was a rural activity that originated in mediaeval times and
was usually performed by local actors in houses, pubs and streets,
traditionally around the turn of the year.