St George's Day

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Tomorrow is St George's Day, the patron saint of England. Sadly the day is not a public holiday and tends not to get as much recognition as St Patrick's Day. Although this is probably because Paddy has the backing of Guinness stout and all their publicity resources. The English ale Bombardier is trying to get a similar campaign going and have set up a petition to make St George's Day a public holiday - search for their website and sign up if you agree!

Boris Johnson, the current Mayor of London, is planning some St. George's festivities on Saturday in Trafalgar Square that will include folk music performances and celebrations for Shakespeare's birthday, which is also on the 23rd. In previous years (despite Mr Johnson's claims) St. George's Day has been celebrated in Trafalgar Square with traditional English food and drinks and even a Monty Python world record coconut orchestra playing 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life'. If you are in London over this weekend and fancy a knees-up and a few pints of ale, head to Trafalgar Square.

What should we be celebrating on St.George's Day? A knight who slayed a dragon? Or a Roman soldier who became a martyr? I think we should celebrate all the great things that are quintessentially English. Things like bangers and mash or fish and chips, standing in queues, drinking tea and beer (not together!), Queen, morris dancing, talking about the weather, pubs, fry ups, a stiff upper lip, The Beatles, rugby and cricket. Would you like the day to be a national holiday, and how would you celebrate it? Leave a comment and let us know.

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