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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 April 2007, 11:12 GMT 12:12 UK
Cost row slays St George parade
St George's Day parade in Ilkeston (photo by Garth Newton)
More than 20,000 people attended last year's parade
A St George's Day parade has been cancelled by organisers following a disagreement over a security bill.

Organiser Richard Dawson said he was told the costs for policing the parade and related events would cost 20,000.

But police told BBC News they had "no problems with the parade" in Ilkeston but extra costs might occur for security after the event.

Erewash Borough Council said some disputes had followed last year's event in the Derbyshire town.

There were several public orders issues last year during private parties after the daytime event.

Pride and passion

Police said they had "concerns over some extremist, right-wing supporters who disrupted the evening entertainment".

A police spokesperson said the organisers were not being asked to pay for security during the parade - as they had no problems with the daytime event.

Mr Dawson said: "We cannot afford to pay that much - if we pay that we will not be able to give as much money to charity," he said.

"St George's Day means more to me than any other day: it means pride, passion and belief."

He said the event, which attracted 22,000 people last year, is meant to educate children about the patron saint of England and raise money for the local community.

"It has nothing to do with race or any maliciousness whatsoever - it is to help educate the children about St George and to celebrate our national day."

He added it would be too late to organise an event for this year - but he hopes to arrange one for 2008.


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