Come on - let’s hear it for St George

PUBLISHED: 06:07 23 April 2018

An engraved illustration of St George and the dragon, from a Victorian book dated 1883.

An engraved illustration of St George and the dragon, from a Victorian book dated 1883.


Sharon Griffiths says it’s time to celebrate England’s patron saint.

So are you wearing a red rose, waving your red and white flag, donning your bells and baldric and jigging a morris dance before downing a few local ales and roast beef and all the trimmings?

Or did you not realise it was St George’s Day?

The English are not very good at their national day…

The Irish turn rivers green all over the world and go through industrial supplies of Guinness, the Scots have whisky and haggis and the Welsh have leeks, daffodils and eisteddfodau with lots of singing..

But the English… it’s almost as though you’re embarrassed about your nationality.

True, it’s been a bit tricky since far right groups started waving the flag so brutally. But surely that’s all the more reason to reclaim it as athletes did so splendidly in the Commonwealth Games.

Go on, wave the flag – if only for today. England and St George!


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