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Red and white will fly to honour St George in West Bromwich

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Thousands of people will parade through the streets, waving flags and wearing red and white to mark St George's Day this weekend.

Plenty of patriotism will be on show at a host of celebrations taking place throughout the Black Country and Staffordshire to honour England's patron saint.

The biggest event will be the annual parade in West Bromwich on Sunday 24, which regularly attracts upwards of 10,000 people. Organised by the Stone Cross St George's Association, the procession leaves Westminster Road at around 10.45am and arrives at Dartmouth Park at around 11.45am.

Scooter and bike clubs will head off in advance of the parade while all children who turn out will receive a free flag to wave. A remembrance and respect ceremony and a one-minute silence in the park at noon.

This will be followed by a fun day, which runs until 5pm and includes entertainment, fun fair, bouncy castles, slides, go-karts, craft and charity stalls.

Meanwhile, The Manor House Museum in Hall Green Road, West Bromwich will be hosting a family fun day tomorrow from 11am to 3pm.

Celebrations will also be taking place at Dudley Zoo on Saturday. The attraction has joined forces with Dudley Council to organise the event which will see the 11th century castle courtyard become a hive of activity with medieval re-enactors, children's entertainers, face painting and crafts. All of the free tickets for the event have been snapped up in just 48 hours.

Celebrations were today taking place in Bilston High Street with a performance by 1940s vintage group The Bluebird Belles and music from Jim Duncan between 11.30am and 1.3pm. Tomorrow, Chris Carmell's Vintage Jazz Band will be entertaining visitors to Wolverhampton's Queen Square between 11.30am and 1.30pm.

Wolverhampton Orpheus Male Voice Choir and Black Country Brass will be performing at The Church of St John in the Square in Wolverhampton on Saturday at 7.30pm.

In Walsall, there will be live entertainment, including music from Dead Sea Skulls and Ash Sherlocks, in the town centre on Saturday as well as a patriotic sing-along. Walsall Scouts will also be parading through the streets from 10.45am. There will also be events on at Stafford Castle on Sunday from 11am until 4pm.

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