By George! What a way to celebrate

Mark Simmonite
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AND here’s another inaugural city centre event to get excited about...

Organisers behind Sheffield’s annual St Patrick’s Day tent in Fargate (now up, incidentally) have exclusively revealed to The Diary there will be a St George’s version for the first time this year.

“That’s the one question people always ask,” says Mark Simmonite, the publican behind the Paddy marquee. “They’ll say they loved the St Patrick’s tent – the music and the Guinness and the entertainment. And then they’ll inevitably ask why we don’t do a St George’s one.

“And the fact is there’s no reason, so, after four years of doing St Pat’s, we thought we’d give it a go.”

Real ale will be served instead of the black stuff, and there will be folk music rather than Irish jigs, but the celebratory atmosphere, hot food and big screens will stay the same.

“As I understand it there will be a Moroccan market at the bottom of Fargate the same weekend,” says Mark, who owns Henry’s cafe bar, in Cambridge Street, city centre. “And it will coincide with the snooker so there should be a real party feeling in the city.”

The tent will open in Fargate on Friday April 20 and run until St George’s Day on Monday 23. An entertainment schedule is to be announced.