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Thousands expected at Pinner St George’s Day Festival this weekend

Pinner will come alive tomorrow, Sunday, April 23rd, as thousands of people are expected to attend the annual St George’s Day Festival organised by the Pinner Rotary Club.

The festival, which kicks off at 12pm, is one of the biggest events in Harrow each year and celebrates St George, the Patron Saint of England, who is commemorated on St George’s Day.

The area will be closed off to traffic and filled with entertainment for everyone. Visitors can enjoy performances from talented musicians, dancers, and entertainers. They can also participate in exciting activities such as the infamous Wheelbarrow Race, which takes place at 3pm.

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Thousands expected at Pinner St George's Day Festival this weekend Harrow Online
Pinner Wheelbarrow Race! Credit: Bill Chalmers

The Pinner Wheelbarrow Race is a popular highlight of the festival and involves teams of two racing down the High Street in wheelbarrows. The teams must navigate a the course, and the fastest team to cross the finish line will be declared the winner.

The Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Janet Mote will present prizes to the winning team and the best-dressed team after the race.

Members from all branches of the local District Scouts will participate in a parade up the High Street to the War Memorial, where they will renew their Promise. The Scouts will honour St George, who was selected by founder Robert Baden-Powell as the patron saint of the Scout movement.

In addition to the Wheelbarrow Race and Scout parade, visitors can also enjoy bellringing in the Parish Church, children’s rides and games, a petting farm, face painting, food stalls, and much more. There will be live performances from award-winning Capital Connection, Morris dancing from the Merrydowners, Punch & Judy shows, and music from popular local band Simply Gray.

Thousands expected at Pinner St George's Day Festival this weekend Harrow Online

Pinner Rotary still have some spaces left to participate in the Wheelbarrow Race, however, time is running out, as they are limited to 20 teams. Don’t miss your chance to compete in this exciting race down the High Street and show off your wheelbarrow racing skills!

The entrance fee is only £20 per team, and all proceeds will go towards supporting the charities supported by Pinner Rotary Club. If you’re interested in taking part, please email stgeorge@pinnerrotary.org.uk for an application form and a copy of the rules.

Thousands expected at Pinner St George's Day Festival this weekend Harrow Online

Thanks to local photographer and website developer Bill Chalmers for these fantastic pics from last year’s event! .To get a good spot, visitors are advised to get to Pinner early.

Admission to the festival is free, but the Pinner Rotary Club will be collecting donations for charities they support.

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