THE final preparations are underway for the annual St George’s Day celebrations and wheelbarrow race.
Pinner will be packed with people from across the borough on Sunday, gathering to join the fun-packed celebrations.
There will be live entertainment, fancy dress, food, stalls, games – not forgetting the traditional wheelbarrow race, now in its 50th year, in which teams of two competitors race through the streets, making pit stops at pubs.
This year’s celebrations are being organised by Pinner Rotary Club and Harrow Council.
Facilitator Gordon Williams, from Pinner, said: “The organisation has been brilliant, everything appears to be falling into place seamlessly and the community owes a debt of gratitude to the Rotary Club of Pinner, a voluntary organisation that does so much for our village throughout the whole year.
“In addition, Harrow Council has supported the event for the past eight years and has given valuable guidance again this year.”
Kara Lines from Lines of Pinner, High Street, Pinner said: “It’s great fun watching the wheelbarrow race – hopefully the weather will be nice for it.”
Mr Williams added: “The event has grown over the years, such that it is now quite difficult to fit everything into the short time available. Last year John Brown of PRATS (Pinner Real Ale Tasting Society) organised for two Punch and Judy shows, which proved very popular, and that is being repeated this year.
“For the last few years, John organised Ye Olde Pinner Village Wheelbarrow Race – first run 50 years ago – but he sadly died of cancer after last year’s event. I was thrilled to learn that Harrow Heritage Trust has agreed to fund the cost of the Punch and Judy shows for this year.”
The event starts at 1pm and the wheelbarrow race at 3pm. Motorists are strongly advised not to park in Pinner High Street from noon as it will be closed from 12.30pm to 4.30pm. Revellers are advised to walk, or use public car parks in Chapel Lane, Love Lane and Waxwell Lane, which are free on Sundays.
St George’s Day is April 23.