St George's Park History
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The Grounds St George's Park - Meet St George’s Park’s new fairweather friend
Meet St George’s Park’s new fairweather friend
Nick Wilson

ST GEORGE’s Park has made peace with the dragon and he can be seen in the form of a new cricket-playing beast showing wind direction above the Firestone Suite.
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St George's Park's Weathervane
The wind vane, which is made of stainless steel, was designed by Herald photographer Ivor Markman and the materials were constructed and donated by Lasertech owner Rob Wicks.

True to tradition, the weathervane arrow points into the wind and shows the direction it is coming from.A history committee was appointed and asked to redecorate St George’s Park with a historical theme.“During my research, I discovered that the Lords field has a very famous weather vane called Father Time. We decided we needed to get one as well,” said Markman, the project co-ordinator.
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With his one foot on the body of the slain dragon, St George returns his sword to it's sheath. This statue is on the Cenotaph monument, situated in front of the art galleries just outside St George's Park cricket ground.
He said they started thinking of a design and eventually decided to use a dragon wielding a cricket bat.“The first thing you think about when talking about St George is the dragon,” he said.

Markman explained that the legend of St George and the dragon came from Libya in a town called Silene, where there was a small community.“Nearby lived a dragon who used to flap his wings. The noise was such it would frighten the people.”Markman said the community decided to appease the dragon by feeding him one or two animals a day.Eventually the dragon ate all the animals and the community decided to sacrifice people.Using a lottery system, the town’s beautiful young princess was selected as the next victim.But a knight in shining armour appeared and severely wounded the dragon. He took it to the market and slayed it.As a result, the knight, one St George, became a hero.

“We decided on a dragon because of the legend and to keep it in line with cricket, we gave him a bat.”

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