Gallery/Poll: Suffolk celebrates St George’s Day

St George's Day

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TODAY the nation is showing its colours and celebrating the day of our patron saint.

In 1222 the Council of Oxford declared April 23 to be St George’s Day but it was not until 1348 that St George became the Patron Saint of England.

There have been repeated calls in recent years to make the day a public holiday in England, as it was in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.

The tradition diminished at the end of the 18th century after the union with Scotland.

More has been made of the day over recent decades, with people flying the flag of St George, acting out the play of St George and the Dragon and watching Morris dancers in the street.

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The hymn ‘Jerusalem’ is also sung on April 23, or the nearest Sunday to that date, in churches across the nation.

Last Sunday, community groups in Felixstowe paraded through the town in honour of our patron saint, iwitness Alison Balaam sent in images of a flag flying in Cransford while Joanna Fincham sent in a sharp photo of a red rose.

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In Leiston, amateur thespians took to the street dressed as St George and the dragon, Scouts paraded in Lowestoft, there was a parade in Bury St Edmunds and there was a Civic Service in Saxmundham at the weekend.

But do we do enough to mark the occasion?

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