St George fails to slay red dragon’ trapped in City of London

ENGLAND’S patron saint stopped the traffic on his magnificent white stead in the City of London this-afternoon, bent on looking for a dragon to slay. But only firey red monster St George found was a number 8 bus along Bishopsgate

By Mike Brooke

Picture: Carmen Valino

ENGLAND’S patron saint stopped the traffic on his magnificent white stead in the City of London this-afternoon—bent on looking for a dragon to slay.

But the only firey red monster St George found was a number 8 bus along Bishopsgate outside Liverpool Street station which he managed to stop in its tracks.

The knight in shining armour, unable to slay the double-decker, soon galloped back to Spitalfields in London’s East End for an afternoon of celebrations for St George’s Day.

Shoppers in the historic Old Spitalfields Market also saw a display of jousting by two expert knights clad in full medieval armour using historic weapons such as spikes, chains, swords and pole arms.

Market events manager Andrew Sparrow said: “We held a similar event last year when the performers got so much involved that I’m sure it must really hurt!”

Meanwhile, pensioners were being treated to a slap-up cockney fish’n’chips at a St George’s Day party arranged by Tower Hamlets Community Housing at Bethnal Green’s Zander Court Community centre nearby.

It was a bit of a knees-up with a traditional East End band as well as the chip supper wrapped, of course, in newspaper.