Crowds enjoy giant St George and the dragon in Sidmouth
- Credit: Kyle Baker
There was a good turnout on Sunday to watch Prince George majestically take a walk around Sidmouth seafront along with his challenger the dragon and musicians, dancers and actors.
Barry Morton, Marc Colson, Henry and Rosie Piper and crew spent a couple of hours on Saturday in the thunder and lightening constructing the giant ready for Tim Alsford to porter him around.
Otter Border Morris and Sidmouth Steppers kicked off proceedings with a dance each outside The Anchor Inn before processing behind the giant and fire-breathing companion and eclectic group of musicians.
For Imogen, Jon, Rosie and Barnaby it was their first dance out with Otter Morris and they accomplished themselves well.
On the seafront as well as Otter and Steppers dancing the audience was treated to a potted version of St George and the dragon. This involved SVCP members Adrian Clode being a princess, local story teller/radio presenter Janet Dowling being the King, young Barnaby Baines as St George, Cath Nettleton and Alexa Baker in the dragon and Barry narrating, burning sheep and creating smoke from the dragon. It was all good fun which continued outside The Swan before they wandered down the High Street for a final fling outside The Anchor.
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Despite the mist, the crowds were very generous as were Otter Morris and SVCP who donated their share of £171.88 to Sidmouth Steppers’ charity of the year, Devon Air Ambulance.
A special mention should go to Cath and Alexa who danced with both sides, at times wearing the wrong kit and processed in the dragon costume. They couldn’t have done it without their trolley dolly, Nikita Kay, who was in charge of all their costume changes.
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