St George’s Day flags, tea dance and Punch & Judy planned in East End

The flags will be out across London’s East End laster this month for St George’s Day.

A traditional day of merriment to pay homage to the patron saint of England is planned by Tower Hamlets Council linking up with Bethnal Green’s Museum of Childhood.

The museum in Cambridge Heath Road is staging old-fashioned games and entertainment including a Punch and Judy show and folk dancing from 11.30am to 4pm on April 20, three days before St George’s Day.

Features include music by the Becontree brass band, English country dancing by the Muckers, craft workshops and cakes made by the East End Women’s Institute.

An afternoon tea-dance for the over-50s is planned 2-4.30pm on St George’s day itself, April 23, at Whitechapel’s Brady community centre in Hanbury Street, with live music by the Sunshine Kings playing hits from the 1930s, 40s and later. It’s free, but bookings in advance on 020-7364 7916 between 9.30am and 1pm, or email

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