Tuesday, July 12

Gareth Gates is Jersey's Mr Battle

West End star, Dancing on Ice and Pop Idol winner Gareth Gates has just finished playing Marius in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre.

He is due to take part in the annual Jersey Battle of Flowers where islanders build floats and decorate them with flowers for parades along Victoria Avenue on August 11th and 12th.

The Jersey Battle of Flowers started life as a celebration of the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902 but was so popular it returned the following year. It was the practice of tearing and throwing flowers that gave the event the Battle of Flowers name. Now 109 years after that first Battle thousands still flock to Jersey to watch the island's biggest annual event.

Previous Mr Battles include former Coronation Street actor Danny Young in 2010, chef  Marco Pierre White in 2009, actor Christopher Biggins in 2008 and rugby player Kyran Bracken in 2007.

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