Chedburgh/Bury St Edmunds: Man flies flag for Saint Edmund campaign
PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 July 2013
One man is flying the flag for a campaign to bring back Saint Edmund as patron saint of England.
In support of St Edmund for England, Victor Hole, from Chedburgh, has sourced what he felt was a suitable flag to represent the ancient King of East Anglia.
The white dragon flag of Anglo- Saxon England, purchased through the English Flag Society, is now flying high on a flagpole in his garden.
Mr Hole, 83, said: “Your newspaper and other people are putting forward the idea of St Edmund [as patron saint] and I thought that was very good. I’m not in favour of St George because he’s an imaginary figure really. There’s no flag for St Edmund and this flag is as near as I could get.”
He added: “Hopefully people will look at it and say ‘what flag is that?’”
Mr Hole said he would have thought when King Edmund fought the Vikings, the white dragon flag would have been flying high.
The English Flag Society website said: “In a world with few certainties, the white dragon flag of the English people underlines our kinship with the past.”
It added: “Unlike St George’s cross, the white dragon has no dubious religious connections or background unrelated to fact.”
The St Edmund for England campaign was launched in June by brewing giant Greene King, and is supported by Mark Murphy, mid-morning presenter at BBC Radio Suffolk, the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star. Mr Murphy spearheaded the previous campaign in 2006.
Mark Blythman, Greene King strategy and communications director, said: “The St Edmund for England campaign is storming ahead nicely. We have more than 500 likes and follows on social media, which just a few weeks into the campaign is a fantastic start. Our Greene King Brewery shop in Bury St Edmunds will very shortly start selling St Edmund for England mugs, T-shirts and car stickers.
“We are rapidly approaching 2,000 signatures on the petition, but there is still a long way to go to generate a debate in Parliament. We need the support from everyone in Suffolk to spread the word to the rest of the country. St Edmund is England’s original patron saint and someone we can all be very proud of.”
To sign the petition visit www.edmundforengland.co.uk. Tweet using #edmundforengland