SAINT George sweltered under his chainmail as hundreds of revellers gathered in Whitton to celebrate his mythical dragon-slaying exploits.

England's patron saint was joined by colourful stilt-walkers, Chelsea Pensioners and a cavalcade of classic cars for the town's annual St George's Day parade on Saturday (April 20).

Children's favourite Bob the Builder also took part in the procession from Nelson Primary School to the High Street, which kicked off a day of festivities in the town centre.

Crowds thronged the street as people of all ages enjoyed live music, fairground rides, a multitude of stalls and much more throughout the afternoon.

The Mayor of Fontainebleau, which has been twinned with the borough of Richmond since 1977, was among those soaking up the sun as he chatted to a compatriot selling crepes.

Whitton town centre manager Bridget Clements said the High Street was as busy as she had known it for the free event, organised by Whitton Business Association.

The monthly market, selling a variety of food and hand-made goods, will be in Whitton this Sunday, April 28, from 10am to 2pm.