The Mayor of Colchester, Cllr Robert Davidson, will lead a procession of local dignitaries through the town to the annual St. George’s Day service at St Peter’s Church, North Hill, on Sunday, 24 April.
The occasion marks the return of the traditional civic event after a two-year interval due to the pandemic.
The 10.30am service will be conducted by Reverend Mark Wallace, who will be joined by the Bishop of Colchester Rt Revd Roger Morris and the mayor’s Chaplain Rev Dr Amanda Elmes.
The Mayor and Mayoress, Liz Davidson, will be joined by MP Will Quince, the Lord-Lieutenant of Essex Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, High Sheriff of Essex Mr Nick Alston, Garrison Commander Lt Col Ed Rankin and other representatives of the Army, members and representatives of Colchester Borough Council, and other dignitaries, in a procession that will set off from the Town Hall at 10.15am.
An invitation to attend the service has also been extended to partners and guests of those taking part in the procession, together with representatives from the local community.
Mayor Davidson said: “I am delighted to be leading this year’s St George’s Day celebrations, which marks a return to normality for the time-honoured tradition.
“It is a day when we can acknowledge England's rich cultural heritage and all that is great about our borough and our country. I am certain it will be a day to remember!”
Later, the mayor will take the salute at the Town Hall as a parade of uniformed youth groups, including scouts, cubs, beavers, guides, brownies, air cadets and sea scouts, marches through the town to Castle Park, where he will join them for a special service.