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St George’s Day: human towers and an Anglo-Catalan festival at Borough Market

England and Catalonia share St George as their patron saint so it was fitting that Borough Market's St George's Day event on Sunday had a Catalan twist.

Castellers de Vilafranca
Castellers de Vilafranca on Bankside
Castellers de Vilafranca
Castellers de Vilafranca on Bankside
Castellers de Vilafranca
Castellers de Vilafranca at Borough Market
St George’s Day: human towers and an Anglo-Catalan festival at Borough Market
Although Borough Market is normally closed on Sundays, the St George's Day event drew a big crowd
St George’s Day: human towers and an Anglo-Catalan festival at Borough Market
The Riverside Bookshop sold books by Catalan authors
St George’s Day: human towers and an Anglo-Catalan festival at Borough Market
Themed activities for children were also available

Stars of the show were the Castellers de Vilafranca who wowed the crowds with their amazing human towers in the Green Market on Sunday lunchtime.

The Castellers had begun their three-day London tour on Friday in Potters Fields Park and also performed on Bankside on Sunday morning.

As well as food and drink from Catalonia and around the world, the special market event also encompassed the Catalan tradition of exchanging books and roses to celebrate St George's Day. The Riverside Bookshop had a stall selling titles by Catalan authors.

Further St George's Day celebrations will be held on Monday at the Dragon Cafe in the Crypt of St George the Martyr and on Tuesday at Southwark Cathedral where a secondhand book sale and a celebration of Shakespeare's Birthday in words and music are planned.

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