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Date added: 26 April 2009

By George, it's big! Too big! 

Giant statue of St. George gets Swindon thinking - and laughing!
  
It was designed to get Swindon thinking. But it also got us laughing as well.
 
A giant 5.5m statue of St. George was paraded through Swindon town centre this weekend as part of a cultural celebration marking the Patron Saint's Day on Thursday.
 
Swindon St. George Statue parading through Swindon town centre
Double-take?:
the giant statue of St. George leads the Christopher statue from Salisbury along Regent St
 
The 5.5m figure - built entirely in Swindon and believed to be the biggest in the world - surprised shoppers as it led a procession alongside a similar statue from Salisbury from the cenotaph in Regent Street to Wharf Green via Canal Walk.
 
A journey with only one glitch - it was too tall to pass under the Brunel Centre walkway!
 
But after some quick thinking by organisers - and much laughter and camera flashing from passersby - St. George safely continued on to its final destination beneath the BBC Big Screen - albeit for a short way in a somewhat undignified horizontal position.
 
St. George statue is tilted to allow it to pass under the Brunel Shopping Centre walkway
Too big for Swindon:
 a tilted St. George is manoeuvered under the
Brunel Shopping walkway
  
The moment of light-hearted hilarity all adding to the occasion according to event organiser Mike Pringle, head of the Swindon Cultural Partnership.
 
"We had a feeling we might have a problem, but we didn't want that to stop what has been a great way to celebrate St. George's Day in Swindon," he said.
 
"The parade today has got people thinking about St. George, the England's Patron Saint, and as an English town we should be proud of what the day signifies." 
 
St. George statue standing under the BBC Big Screen in Wharf Green, with the 16th Swindon Girl Guides in the foreground
Standing tall:
 the two statues alongside the 16th Swindon Girl Guides Brownies troop in Wharf Green
 
Organised as part of Think: Swindon, a month-long series of events that aim to get people in Swindon thinking more about culture, the day of celebration also included an demonstation of Bollywood dancing, African drumming plus English films and interactive football games on the Big Screen.
 
St. George Parade Gallery
 
St.George statue parade, Swindon 25 April 2009
 
St.George statue parade, Swindon 25 April 2009
 
St.George statue parade, Swindon 25 April 2009
 
St.George statue parade, Swindon 25 April 2009
 
St.George statue parade, Swindon 25 April 2009
 
St.George statue parade, Swindon 25 April 2009
 
St.George statue parade, Swindon 25 April 2009
 
St.George statue parade, Swindon 25 April 2009
 
Pictures: Kris Talikowski
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