RAIN did not stop play at Barlavington Manor on Monday when residents and staff at the residential home for elderly people celebrated St George’s Day.
They brought in a real horse, made their own costumes and put on a patriotic play for residents and their families, before tucking into a quintessentially English cream tea – complete with St George’s cakes.
But the occasion was also graced with quintessentially English weather when the rain poured down as the actors battled with their performances to mark the patron saint of England’s day.
One of the leading lights was activities co-ordinator Anthony Puttock, who told the Observer: “We got soaking wet, but we carried on and it was brilliant, everyone really enjoyed themselves.
“We in England do not seem to celebrate the way the Irish do for St Patrick’s Day so we thought we could do our part to get people to join in celebrations with us.
“Perhaps we can even persuade the government to make it a bank holiday.”