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St George’s Day celebrations 2007 in pictures

The eve of St George's Day was celebrated with a cultural showcase in St George's Garden and a service to mark the installation of the new priest-in-charge at St George the Martyr church.

St George’s Day celebrations 2007 in pictures
St George in Southwark Festival in St George's Garden
Ethiopian representation of St George
Ethiopian representation of St George
Ethiopian Orthodox shrine to St George (George is
Ethiopian Orthodox shrine to St George (George is patron saint of Ethiopia too)
Ethiopian Orthodox Christians welcome the Bishop o
Ethiopian Orthodox Christians welcome the Bishop of Woolwich to St George the Martyr
Ethiopian Orthodox Christians welcome the Bishop o
Ethiopian Orthodox Christians welcome the Bishop of Woolwich to St George the Martyr
Pupils from the Borough Music School perform in St
Pupils from the Borough Music School perform in St George's Garden
Fr Ray Andrews, new parish priest at St George the
Fr Ray Andrews, new parish priest at St George the Martyr
Simon Hughes MP visits the cultural showcase in St
Simon Hughes MP visits the cultural showcase in St George's Garden
Cllr Eliza Mann and Marion Marples
Deputy Mayor of Southwark Cllr Eliza Mann learns about the St George in Southwark Festival
St George Beer from Ethiopia
St George Beer from Ethiopia

The cultural showcase was organised as part of the new St George in Southwark festival.

In St George's Garden members of Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Church set up a shrine to St George and displays of photographs and religious artefacts

Refreshments included Ethiopian bread and St George beer brewed in Addis Adaba.

Local interfaith group Faith Around The Elephant (FATE) ran a banner-making activity for children on the theme of courage.

Southwark Cathedral organised a guided walk through Shakespeare's Elizabethan Southwark from the cathedral to the church of St George the Martyr.

Pupils from Borough Music School played 'Ode to Joy' and other tunes in St George's Garden.

Meanwhile across the road at the church of St George the Martyr Fr Ray Andrews was licensed as the parish's new priest-in-charge.

Arriving at St George the Martyr the Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, was greeted with a traditional Ethiopian song.

Around 300 guests, including comedian Jo Brand (with whom Fr Ray recently appeared on TV), packed into the newly reopened church for the service.

Other guests included the deputy Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Eliza Mann, and Simon Hughes MP.

Pupils from St Jude's Primary School, which is in St George's parish, sang during the service. Headteacher Lynn Charlton was one of the VIPs presented to the newly licensed parish priest during the service.

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