A SOUTH Lakeland town put on an enchanting and humorous rendition of an English legend for shoppers today (April 23).

Ulverston’s iconic St George’s Day pageant was back to entertain visitors and residents with a hilarious performance of St George rescuing a damsel in distress who was tied to a stake and moments away from becoming a dragon’s lunch.

Dozens crowded the town’s Market Square to witness the motorcycling St George grapple with the evil dragon.

St George wielded his sword against the beast and its accomplices before wrestling with the bright red creature, eventually slaying him.

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Celebrating his victory, the knight freed the damsel and the pair drove away on St George’s motorbike.

Shoppers were also treated to face painting, balloon modelling, music, street theatre and a performance of Punch and Judy.

The annual event gives a boost to the town, which is known for its historic links and independent retailers.

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Deputy mayor Michelle Scrogham, who is one of the festival's organisers, said it was ‘lovely’ to be back.

“It’s lovely,” she said.

“It’s been a very strange two years,” she said.

“And not having this kind of event does have an impact on people’s emotions,

“We see a boost and increased footfall with the event.

“It’s great to see it back and the kids love getting involved.”

Mayor of Ulverston Robert Brown said the event marked the town’s recovery after the effects of Covid.

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“It’s great to see the town come to life again,” he said.

“I love to see the town open, the markets and the people here.

“It’s wonderful to see it and especially on such a sunny day.

“It’s great fun.”

Bob Needham, who played a central part in the performance, has been involved with the pageant since its inception in the early 2000s.

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“I’ve almost done it from the beginning,” he said.

“It’s a lot of fun and a laugh.

“And it adds colour to Ulverston.”