For those English amounst us, I saw an article that bought home to me how little 'we', the English, now celebrate St George's Day. In a newspaper poll, only an estimated 25% of those asked could name the date.
An article from todays Paper: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9219456/English-should-be-...
Have we forgotten our pride in comparison to the other nations in the UK?
Perhaps we need to spray our mowers up in red & white :-)
Finally, I love this quote from Sir Winston Churchill:
"There is a forgotten,
nay almost forbidden word,
which means more to me than any other.
That word is England"
Interestingly Gary, my local pub - The Fisherman's Arms in Pode Hole, Lincs, doesn't celebrate St Patrick's day like pubs most do, but has a big 'do' for Saint George's day - this year being no exception, with the usual compliment of Charles Wells Bombardier Ale on tap, live entertainment and free bangers and mash to be served...
I haven't been past recently, but the pub is usually covered in England flags, banners and bunting - all in all a major effort is put into it all, which as you say is unusual and sadly lacking elsewhere!
Reigate town in Surrey, near me has decorated their High Street with St Georges flags and bunting across the street - it looks great and Dorking has its St Georges day parade today . Maybe it's late in coming but I think more communities are becoming more 'England' aware and people starting to get behind it and celebrate, heres hoping.
As one of the 75%, I had to google it to find out when it is.
the irish guiness drinkers are trying to take over :-0
get the real ales out for CAMBRA and lets drink for England !!
I am watching the BBC morning programme and so far(30mins) I've not a mention of St Georges Day, no red and white about, but then they dont want to upset other natioanalities for fear of compenstation claims I suppose!
However we celebrate, PLEASE no more bank holidays at this time of year.......Trafalgar Day, 21st October would do me...........but then we would upset the French!
Although the music was composed as a unison song, "Jerusalem" has been adopted by many churches and is frequently sung as an office or recessional hymn in English cathedrals, churches and chapels on St George's Day : http://youtu.be/UQ0oCmDXrVk. Personally I still find that song very emotional for many reasons, having been to such events.
For those not familiar with St Georges Day: http://www.stgeorgesday.com/