Asparagus, St George and The Queen – a very patriotic combination


St George’s Day saw me at the launch of the Asparagus Festival in Evesham.

It started with Morris dancing at The Fleece in Bretforton at 8.30am before I was given 100 spears of asparagus to carry on my lap whilst being transported in an open top Morgan car to Evesham Abbey Park – felt very regal waving to onlookers!

Met up with Gus the asparagus mascot and our own Henry Prudden as the Asparagus fairy.

Tony Haines, aka, St George and our own Henry Prudden, aka, the Asparafairy

Tony Haines, aka, St George and our own Henry Prudden, aka, the Asparafairy

I don’t think he was warned of the activities in which he was expected to participate when accepting the 12 month internship offered by this council, however he looked very good with a green face, wings and tutu – what a sport. This is of course in preparation to be transformed into the Plum Festival mascot Prunella in August.

After the official launch and much sampling of asparagus based products the large bundle was taken on to Acorns Children’s Hospice in Worcester where it was handed over to the chef of the Broadway Hotel for cooking and selling to raise funds for the charity.

Presenting the asparagus to Acorn's Children's Hospice

Presenting the asparagus to Acorn’s Children’s Hospice

After arriving home for a quick change it was on to the Pershore branch of the Royal British Legion annual dinner and cadet presentation evening.

Another lovely evening chatting with dedicated volunteers and watching Mr. Harold Wilson being presented with the Legion d’Honneur by Commander   Milsom before the presentation of awards to various cadets who are a credit to our young folk.

This year the  Scout movement is celebrating its centenary and this was done with gusto during  the St George’s Day service in Pershore Abbey involving scouts, cubs, beavers, guides and brownies and featuring much clapping of hands and stamping of feet.

Scouts on parade for St George's Day

Scouts on parade for St George’s Day

A Baden Powell lookalike appeared complete with shorts, long socks and hat to assist with the induction of some young scouts into an organization that is still growing having changed with the times  to make scouting “cool” I was told by one.

I was also told that 11 out of the 12 men who walked on the moon had been scouts and likewise the youngest climber of Everest had been a scout.

The service was followed by a colourful march through Pershore led by Bretforton Brass Band.

On the 21 April I also joined in with the rest of the nation in wishing The Queen a happy 90th birthday from the top of a very breezy Worcestershire Beacon, the highest of the Malvern Hills.

Me and Cllr Barbara Williams (left) chairman of Malvern Hills District Council at the beacon lighting for The Queen's 90th birthday

Me and Cllr Barbara Williams (left) chairman of Malvern Hills District Council at the beacon lighting for The Queen’s 90th birthday

A little cheating took place when we gladly accepted the offer of a lift by the Fire Service to take us up to the top. After the gas beacon was lit, the national anthem was sung together with Land of Hope and Glory and the bugler played. Other beacons could be seen on both sides of the Malverns a very different scene from the original purpose which was to warn of the coming of the Armada when street lights didn’t exist and fires would be clearly seen. The only person missing was the queen but we still sang happy birthday!



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