Cheers to St George – as our new sign is unveiled at Drayton Manor

We’re celebrating St George’s Day this year with the completion of a job with an historic and timely theme.

St George and the Dragon have kept Redbox busy in recent weeks as we have crafted a stunning new sign for Drayton Manor, all ready for this weekend when our patron saint’s day celebrations kick off.

There are two main legends to have grown around his courage.

One medieval tale of St George and the dragon is more than 1,000 years old and comes from Libya.

But the story we honour at this time of year is that of the St George remembered as a brave warrior who slayed a dragon on home turf. April 23 is reported as the anniversary of the day he died.

George is said to have killed the dragon – which represented all evil – on a hill, now called Dragon Hill in his honour, in Uffington, Berkshire. His gallant deed saw him made the Patron Saint of England in 1350.

And did you know that The George and Dragon is the 31st most popular pub name in the UK? nudged out of the top 30 by The Rising Sun.

The new sign at Drayton Manor was commissioned to replace a decades-old picture.

These pictures show how our intricate work has unfolded:

High density foam is routered, shaped and carved.

High density foam is routered, shaped and carved.

It is primed, filled and sandwiched between 2 mil stainless steel plate.

It is primed, filled and sandwiched between 2 mil stainless steel plate

Then sprayed black and refilled and resprayed.

Then sprayed black and refilled and resprayed

Detail applied and clear lacquered.

Detail applied and clear lacquered. Detail applied and clear lacquered.