Be proud to be English

Be proud to be English – and take St George’s day back  (Taken from an article in the Mirror 2014)

 

  • Listen to northern soul, or the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, or Purcell or John Tavener – English, every one.
  • Eat buttered crumpets (English invention) cooked in a toaster (English invention) and if they catch light put them out with a fire extinguisher (also an English invention).
  • If you’re still hungry, eat scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, lemon curd, chicken tikka masala, sticky toffee pudding, anything with custard, Kendal mint cake, Branston pickle, gammon steak with pineapple, bangers and mash, Twiglets, Marmite, pork pies, anything produced by Cadbury’s, coleslaw, a full English breakfast, piccalilli or a mighty Cornish pasty. They’re all ours, along with lasagne and Scotch eggs which aren’t Scotch at all.
  • Eat them with cutlery made from steel, which we invented.
  • Drink! Warm beer, bitter, lager, mild, brown ale, stout, Kentish white wine, Cornish champagne. It’s St George’s Day, the boss will understand.
  • Make the most of light switches, we invented them. On, off, on, off, on, off, on, off…
  • Use a calculator. Write something with a pencil. Use a car seat belt, drive on tarmac, rely on cat’s eyes in the road – they’re all English, and without them the world would be unfathomably worse.
  • Mow the lawn. Vacuum the carpet. Mowers and vacuums were both invented by us.
  • Sit and think about the fact you’re reading this on a computer via the world wide web, and it wouldn’t be possible at all if it weren’t for the likes of Charles Babbage,  Ada Lovelace,and Tim Berners-Lee.
  • Then think about the fact that when Edward Jenner developed a smallpox vaccine in 1796 he probably saved your life, and he is also thought to have saved more lives than were lost in all of humanity’s wars put together.
  • Read  Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard.Look at   some Banksy art. Learn from William Makepeace Thackeray about what the death penalty was really like.
  • Egg a politician – only the English do that, and let’s face it they usually deserve it.
  • Got a pram? English invention. Got some human rights? Thank the Magna Carta. Commute on the train? That’s the first railway system in the world, right there, and yes it often seems like it hasn’t been updated since but it helped to build our cities, our industries, and as such helped lead to our trade unions and our holidays, our equal pay, our sick leave.
  • Watch some cricket. Or if that’s too painful, try bar billiards, darts, bowls, hockey, snooker, rugby, football, Monty Python or  the Red Arrows.
  • Play with some Meccano while drinking Pimms and eating egg mayonnaise sandwiches – or any sandwich, come to that, because we invented ALL of them.
  • If you’re in London, go and look at Tower Bridge in the sunshine.
  • If you’re not in London, look out of the window – from the Cotswolds to Spaghetti Junction, Manchester to Stonehenge, nowhere else looks like that.
  • Get the Scalextric out of the loft. Tell the kids about ZX Spectrums. Practice irony. Eat a Hob-Nob. Complete a crossword puzzle. Hum the Ski Sunday theme tune. Flick the Vs.

You couldn’t do any of those things if it weren’t for the English.

Our team dressing room includes the likes of Good Queen Bess, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Emmeline Pankhurst, James Dyson and the Monster Raving Loony Party.

We stopped Julius Caesar. TWICE. We bred Boudicca. We have the oldest, biggest, and best national health service in the world.

For a thousand years or more England has been a tiny place with a big heart and an even bigger brain – we welcome migrants, we export decency, we gave the planet whizzy new stuff like the wind-up radio.

If we all crow about this it won’t be seen as racist or jingoistic any more – it’ll be just what it is, recognition that our small nation has had a disproportionate and largely good impact on the whole world.

It’s a glorious feat, and one we should be proud of.

The only thing which really hacks us off as a people is a badly-made cup of tea, and the thing which brings us most joy is watching an underdog achieve victory. How many other nations could say that?

And there are two things England is responsible for and which, more than anything else, make the world a finer and more magnificent place.

They are the corkscrew, and the electric kettle.

Just imagine what life would be like without them.

Cheers, St George!

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Step back in time to celebrate St George’s Day at Lincoln Castle!

Step back in time to celebrate St George’s Day at Lincoln Castle!

By Nicholas Fletcher  |  Posted: April 09, 2017

Families across the county are being invited to step back into Victorian times to celebrate St George’s Day at Lincoln Castle.

A host of characters will be bring the castle to life from April 22 to 23, celebrating the chivalry and endeavours of the daring knight.

Visitors will be able to perform in their own medieval pageant, honouring the legendary hero.

Youngsters will also have the chance to take part in the St George Chivalry School and learn how he slays Turks and Dragons and rescues beautiful maidens.

Jon Hogan, public engagement manager, said: “To help celebrate St George’s Day, we have a packed weekend of events where visitors can be transported back to Victorian times.

“From music and dancing to our St George’s pageant, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Visit our Victorian Prison Yard to join in the fun, and take part in the St George’s Chivalry School and see if you can live up to the hero himself!”

The event runs from 11am to 4.30pm with castle attractions open from 10am to 5pm.

Admission includes access to a medieval wall walk, Victorian prison and Magna Carta.

Admission also includes a free return visit, provided it is used within the six months.

Adults cost £13.50, concession £11.00, children £7.20 and family £34.20 (two adults and up to three children).

There will be a 10 per cent discount for advance online bookings.

For further details on Lincoln Castle and to book tickets, visit www.lincolncastle.com.

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When is St George’s Day 2017, who is the patron saint of England, did he slay a dragon and how is he celebrated?

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St George’s Day is a Christian celebration taking place later this month… here’s what you need to know

HE’s the patron saint of England and famously sleighed a dragon, but not many people can tell you much more about Saint George.

We celebrate his legendary life on Saint George’s Day later this month, here’s what you need to know.

Saint George’s Day is the feast day of Saint George

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Saint George’s Day is the feast day of Saint George

What is Saint George’s Day and when is it?

The feast day of Saint George is celebrated by various Christian Churches and several countries and cities where Saint George is the patron saint – including England.

The day is celebrated on April 23 each year and this is the date traditionally accepted of his death in AD 303.

Saint George is the patron saint of England – as well as Ethiopia, Georgia and Portugal, and cities such as Freiburg, Moscow and Beirut

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Saint George is the patron saint of England – as well as Ethiopia, Georgia and Portugal, and cities such as Freiburg, Moscow and Beirut

Who was Saint George and where did the legend of the dragon come from?

Although Saint George is England’s patron saint, George would likely have been a soldier somewhere in the eastern Roman Empire, probably in what is now Turkey – If he ever existed.

He is also the patron saint of: Ethiopia, Georgia and Portugal, and cities such as Freiburg, Moscow and Beirut.

According to legend, George was martyred for his faith under Emperor Diocletian in the early fourth century, and there is a major shrine dedicated to him in Lod, Israel.

The earliest legend that features Saint George slaying a dragon dates to the 11th century.

The tale may have started simply as a way to symbolise the triumph of good over evil.

The Golden Legend tells the story of George and the dragon – who the patron slayed to protect the King’s daughter

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The Golden Legend tells the story of George and the dragon – who the patron slayed to protect the King’s daughter

But, the well-known story mainly comes down to the Golden Legend – a popular collection of saints’ lives written in the 13th century.

According to one version of the story, a town in Libya had a small lake inhabited by a dragon infected with the plague.

Many of the townsfolk were being killed by the dragon so they started feeding it two sheep a day to appease it.

When the town ran out of sheep, legend has it that the king devised a lottery system to feed the hungry dragon local children instead.

But, one day his own daughter was chosen and as she was being led down to the lake Saint George happened to ride past.

The story goes that George offered to slay the dragon  but only if the people converted to Christianity.

They did, and the king later built a church where the dragon was slain.

Popular customs include flying the St George’s Cross flag

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Popular customs include flying the St George’s Cross flag

Are there any Saint George’s Day traditions?

In the past, a traditional custom on Saint George’s day was to wear a red rose in your lapel – but not many people practise this anymore.

More popular customs include flying the Saint George’s Cross flag, with English pubs often seen adorning their establishment with flags.

In cathedrals, churches and chapels on Saint George’s Day it is common for the hymn “Jerusalem” to be sung.

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Southampton’s St George’s Day Festival

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Southampton is a great English city. It’s always been built by all the people – wherever they come from – who make their homes here. That’s why Southampton’s first major St George’s Day Festival was launched in 2014.

Thousands of local residents showed their pride in the city with parades, fun days, school assemblies and packed out festival events over the last three years.

This was a huge success, and this year’s is going to be bigger and better than before.

Join us at The Hub, City College, Southampton for an afternoon of free festivities including the premiere of short films about some fantastic Sotonion’s, presentations of the Daily Echo St George’s Day Community Awards and other entertainment to celebrate our national day all hosted by Southampton Solent student events company, ‘Make it Happen’ events.

Tickets are free but you’ll need to register using this Eventbrite link so we know to expect you and prepare the refreshments!

There will be a pay bar so you can toast St George with a drink of your choice! Complimentary tea and coffee will also be available courtesy of Mettricks, Southampton’s local coffee house.

Arrival at 4pm

The event ends at 6pm.

There is parking avaliable at the The Hub, City College.

The festival has been backed by:

  • Mettricks, Southampton’s Coffee Company
  • Southampton City Council
  • Southampton Voluntary Services
  • Southampton Solent University
  • The Daily Echo
  • Southampton Festivals
  • Southampton City College
  • The Southern Policy Centre
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An Ashford pub is giving away free drinks on St George’s Day – but there’s a catch

An Ashford pub is giving away free drinks on St George’s Day – but there’s a catch

By SophieAM  from Kent Live|  Posted: April 02, 2017

Generous George pubs are giving away a free drink or ice cream to Georges

Generous George pubs are giving away a free drink or ice cream to Georges

St George’s Day is just around the corner, and one pub chain has a great offer lined up.

Generous George pubs are giving away a free drink to everyone called George (and a few other similar names) on St George’s Day on Sunday, April 23.

Pheasant in Trinity Road, Ashford, is one of the 23 UK pubs running the offer, giving out free drinks to Georges, Georgies, Georginas, Georgias and even Mr and Mrs George on England’s national day.

Each adult George showing proof of their name that day will get a pint, glass of wine or soft drink of their choice, while young Georges will get a free ice-cream as a thank you for taking part and helping to set a new Generous George record.

What is St George’s Day?

Saint George’s Day celebrates the life of England’s patron saint, St George.

The anniversary of his death on April 23 is England’s national day.

He was born around 270AD in Cappadocia, which is now part of modern day Turkey.

Read more: Easter bank holiday in Kent, Easter egg hunts, Easter days out and Easter eggs

But who was St George?

* St George wasn’t English- he was actually born in Cappadocia in Turkey in the year A.D.270

* He was a Roman soldier who protested against Rome’s persecution of Christians

* He was renowned for his bravery, honour and gallantry

* It is believed that St George was tortured by the Emperor Diocletian, who tried to make George deny his faith

* St George was beheaded in Palestine on April 23, AD 303

* The Council of Oxford declared April 23 as St George’s Day in 1222

* St George is celebrated in many countries and churches around the world, including Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Lebanon, Italy, India, Lithuania and Malta

* St George is also the patron saint of scouts, soldiers, archers, cavalry and chivalry, farmers and field workers and riders and saddlers

* England’s flag comes from his emblem- a red cross on a white background

* St George is popularly associated slaying a dragon and saving a distressed maiden

Saint George’s Day is traditionally celebrated with parades, dancing and other activities.

Flags with the image of St George’s cross are flown on some buildings and people often wear a symbolic red rose.

Read more: Easter days out in Kent

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For the Love of England and St. George Festival coming to Manchester

For the Love of England and St. George Festival coming to Manchester

  • Festival celebrating Saint George and every English is coming to Manchester on St. George’s Day
  • Football legends Ray Clemence, Peter Reid and David May will be participating in a live Q&A
  • Tribute acts for David Bowie, Robbie Williams and Little Mix will be performing live
  • Win free tickets for the event with our competition!

A new festival celebrating everything English is coming to Manchester.

For the Love of England and St. George Festival is coming to the Bowlers Exhibition Centre this St. George’s day to help local patriots celebrate the sometimes overlooked National Holiday.

Andrew Kleek, the CEO & founder of the festival explained why he decided to put the event on in Manchester this year: “I decided to hold this event as not enough is done in the country to celebrate our national day. St. Patrick’s Day, for example, is much far widely celebrated in England than St. George’s.

I wanted to put that right and give local people the chance to celebrate the national day properly.

There will be a great choice of entertainment on offer for attendees, from live music to impersonators. Andrew said: “We chose Bowlers Exhibition Centre because of the perfect layout of the arena for what we are trying to achieve.

“We will have live music in one arena, and the main hall will be filled with fun activities, costume groups, props, traders and more, with English food being served throughout the day.”

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Asked what part of the day he is most looking forward to, Andrew said: “I am especially looking forward to the Winston Churchill impersonator, and meeting some of the footballers and getting a picture with the FA cup and champions league trophies!”

The entertainment will include:

North Stage:

  • The Manchester SKA Foundation
  • Elton John Tribute – Graham Nash (featuring baby grand piano)
  • David Bowie Tribute – the Sensational David Bowie Tribute
  • Robbie Williams Tribute – Mike Andrew
  • Little Mix Tribute – The Little Mix Show

Attractions:

  • Live Q&A with Ray Clemence, Peter Reid, and David Mayhosted by Pete Emmett. The players will be mingling with the crowd later and joining in the festivities, your chance to talk to these footballing legends and get a photo with the FA Cup or Champions League Trophy.
  • Live music entertainment throughout the day
  • WW2 Spitfire
  • WW2 displays including dodge ambulance, jeeps, trucks, first aid & medic displays, multiple weapons displays, Cheshire home guard, RAF command caravan, interactive mend and do display and more
  • Winston Churchill and Hugh Dowding impersonator
  • Childrens entertainment area including bouncy castles and soft play
  • Anglo saxon village
  • Costume groups
  • Funfair
  • English food
  • English beer
  • Trader & merchandise stalls

COMPETITION

The NQ is giving away 66 FREE tickets! This is how to claim:

To claim your free tickets simply type “1966” as the promotional code as shown below.

For the Love of England and St. George competition

There’s a maximum of 5 tickets per order, and please do not claim free tickets unless you are certain you can attend.

If you are not lucky enough to win a free ticket, do not worry. We also have half price tickets by using the promotional code “stgeorge” as show below for a further 24 hours after the free tickets have run out.

To simply buy tickets go to the event’s Skiddle page, or for more information go to the festival’s Facebook.

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England is the one of the worst in the world when it comes to bank holiday provision.

We believe it is about time that the British government gave the people of England another Bank Holiday as England has the lowest number of public holidays in the whole of the EU at only 8 days and the second lowest in the world.

Our view is that making St George’s day a bank holiday makes commercial sense as research has shown that consumers also enjoy spending money on holiday days. There has certainly been an increased trend for St George’s Day celebrations across England and this year in particular there have been a growing number of people asking why we celebrate St Patrick’s Day but not St George’s Day. We hope that Public houses, businesses and councils respond to this demand by launching their own events to mark England’s day of celebration.

‘We believe that promoting St Georges day as a national holiday and a family day will help create a positive sense of national identity, social unity and integrate our communities. St Georges Day should be a bank holiday, as it will instill a sense of belonging, stability and acceptance of community spirited values. Our campaign challenges anyone to tell us what is wrong with celebrating English accomplishments as a nation’.

On our website has the list of Bank Holiday entitlement around the world.  See how far you have to scroll down the list to reach the UK. (We also have the Bank Holidays for England listed as well)

Why companies should give their staff another day off?  

A positive day of celebrating what the people of England have accomplished as a nation could possibly bring much needed money to many industries and the communities where these businesses exist and companies could decide to give all their staff the day off on St George’s Day. The cost may initially concern businesses as obviously many are profit-oriented but they should balance profits with being civic-minded and patriotic. It works for the Irish and the Scots who are now seeing many industries enjoying highly profitable events on their patron saints day

However, the British Government will take a bit more persuading to come round to it. It has been made clear to the Workers of England Union that they will resist England getting any additional Bank Holidays.

We ask that companies giving staff a day off on 23rd April and show they are community minded.

COLOMBIA – 18 bank holidays a year

INDIA – 18 bank holidays a year

LEBANON – 16 bank holidays a year

SOUTH KOREA – 16 bank holidays a year

THAILAND – 16 bank holidays a year

FINLAND – 15 bank holidays a year

JAPAN – 15 bank holidays a year

ARGENTINA – 15 bank holidays a year

CHILE – 15 bank holidays a year

TURKEY – 14.5 bank holidays a year

SPAIN – 14 bank holidays a year 

MOROCCO – 14 bank holidays a year

RUSSIA – 14 bank holidays a year

INDONESIA – 14 bank holidays a year

MALAYSIA – 14 bank holidays a year

PHILIPPINES – 14 bank holidays a year

PAKISTAN – 13 bank holidays a year

SLOVAKIA – 13 bank holidays a year

AUSTRIA – 12 bank holidays a year

BRAZIL – 12 bank holidays a year

CZECH REPUBLIC – 12 bank holidays a year

LITHUANIA – 12 bank holidays a year

SWEDEN – 11 bank holidays a year

ITALY – 11 bank holidays a year

FRANCE – 11 bank holidays a year

CROATIA – 11 bank holidays a year

DENMARK – 11 bank holidays a year

CANADA – 11 bank holidays a year

NEW ZEALAND – 11 bank holidays a year

CHINA – 11 bank holidays a year

SINGAPORE – 11 bank holidays a year

VIETNAM – 10 bank holidays a year

BELGIUM – 10 bank holidays a year

POLAND – 10 bank holidays a year

USA – 10 bank holidays a year

UKRAINE – 10 bank holidays a year

LUXEMBOURG – 10 bank holidays a year

NORWAY – 10 bank holidays a year

PORTUGAL – 10 bank holidays a year

NORTHERN IRELAND – 10 bank holidays a year

SERBIA – 9 bank holidays a year

ROMANIA – 9 bank holidays a year

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – 9 bank holidays a year

AUSTRALIA – 9 bank holidays a year

SCOTLAND – 9 bank holidays a year

HUNGARY – 8 bank holidays a year

NETHERLANDS – 8 bank holidays a year

 

**** ENGLAND AND WALES – 8 bank holidays a year ****

 

MEXICO – 7 bank holidays a year

 

What are England’s Bank Holidays

 

New Year’s Day

Good Friday

Easter Monday

May Day Bank Holiday

Spring Bank Holiday

Summer Bank Holiday

Christmas Day Boxing Day

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By ‘St George’ a common national bond does exist

By ‘St George’ a common national bond does exist

I have just returned from a 10 day trip around England in our Battle Bus with ‘Jerusalem’ playing over the loudspeaker and with banners on both sides calling for people to celebrate St George’s day.  I can say that the support which we received was absolutely overwhelming and crossed all class barriers and colour.

The best way to highlight the level of support is to describe ‘just a couple ‘of responses as we passed by.

An old man dressed in tweeds in Winchester saluted and shouted ‘for St George’; A road sweeper in Sheffield did exactly the same.  Two older women in Bournemouth linked arms and sang ‘Jerusalem’ whilst we waited for the traffic lights to change;  A group of black men pointed at their hearts and patted their chests in Bristol mouthing “proud of”;  Uniformed school children in London danced and cheered us and school children in every city did the same; Asian men and women clapped us with raised hands in West Bromwich;  Residents in Ross on Wye shouted their support:- “we will celebrate St George’s day”;  In Brentwood a man ran across the road and stopped our vehicle, he popped a £10 pound note through the side window of our vehicle with the encouraging words ‘I just want you to keep this up’!

Throughout the 10 days we lost count of the salutes, the tapped chests over the heart, the cheers and the waving hands.

These responses show what many already know, that a common bond exists across all of England and this English national bond transcends all groups because a sense of English nationhood exists. Political leaders would do well to listen and MPs need to support St George’s day being made a public holiday and England being given our own national anthem.

Despite this we continue to hear too many politicians say ‘there is no support for St George’s day to become a public holiday’ and ‘there is no support for an English national anthem’. It is obvious that the people of England think this is rubbish but if any MP still does not believe us then I challenge them to come out and meet the people of England. They are waiting but their patience won’t last for ever!

Eddie Bone

England in my Heart

 

 

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Make St Georges Day a bank holiday

cropped-Banner-2-940x198.pngPress Release 13th April 2016

Make St Georges Day a bank holiday

Starting on Saturday the 16th April for 8 days, a Banner vehicle will be travelling around England reminding everyone to celebrate St Georges Day. It will finish on the 24th April at the Stonecross parade being held in West Bromwich. Expected at the parade will be 15,000++ showing their love of community, family, St George and England. (They will parade for 2 miles).

It is about time that the British government gave the people of England another Bank Holiday as England has the lowest number of public holidays in the whole of the EU at only 8 days.

 

Making St Georges day a bank holiday makes commercial sense as research has shown that consumers also enjoy spending money on holiday days. Public houses, businesses and councils should respond to this demand by launching their own events to mark England’s day of celebration.

Eddie Bone, Campaign Director for ‘Make St George’s day a Bank Holiday’ stated:

 

‘We believe that promoting St Georges day as a national holiday and a family day will help create a positive sense of national identity, social unity and integrate our communities. St Georges Day should be a bank holiday, as it will instill a sense of belonging, stability and acceptance of community spirited values.’

He continued

 ‘Our campaign challenges anyone to tell us what is wrong with celebrating English accomplishments as a nation’.

If the people of England were given a day off for St George’s Day, we would most surely see a marked rise in celebrations across England. It would be safe to say that people in England certainly welcome the idea that St George’s day should be made a bank holiday

The Government needs to understand that the people of England love the country they live in – and aren’t afraid to show it!

Eddie Bone, Campaign Director for ‘Make St George’s day a Bank Holiday’

 

We will be available for interviews during the week staring 16th -24th April 2016

Contact mobile: 07980667732 or e-mail  www.Saintgeorgesday.org 

The dates, counties, towns and cities that the Banner vehicle will be travelling through:

 

April 16 –  Medway, Kent   

April 17 –  Winchester, Portsmouth, Southampton  

April 18 –  Bristol and Monmouthshire  

April 19 –  Chester, Liverpool  

April 20 –  York

April 21 –  Doncaster, Leeds 

April 22 –  Birmingham

April 23 – St Georges Day, London

April 24 – Stonecross, St George’s Day Parade, West Bromwich 10am (speeches)

 

(This is just a guide)

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St George’s Day celebrations to take over Old Market Square

By JenniferScott  |  Posted: April 07, 2016

St George’s Day is set to be the biggest yet as a raft of free events have been confirmed for the special occasion.

When is it taking place?

On Saturday, April 23, Old Market Square will be taken over with everything from knights in armour to traditional crafts, celebrating the English saint.

What entertainment will be on offer?

The entertainment will kick off at 10.30am, with storyteller Amanda Smith regaling the crowds with St George’s tale, as well as helping make dragon puppets or swords in the craft area.

Read more: Thousands parade through Nottingham in St George’s Day celebrations

The Household Medieval Re-enactment Society will also be in the square showing off their skills with two combat displays – 10.50am and 3.05pm – as well as giving talks on their weapons and armour.

When is the parade taking place?

The annual parade, led by the Radford Branch of the Royal Society of St George, will be back, arriving into the Square at 12.30pm.

Phil Hardwood, secretary of the branch, said the group is ramping up its preparations with just a few weeks to go.

“It is going to be bigger than ever as with it being a Saturday, less people have to worry about getting the time off work,” he said.

“There is going to be our youngest member at just 10 carrying the colours, the knights of Nottingham on their horses and of course Robin Hood in the parade.”

Phil added: “It is an expensive thing to put on, with it costing £8,000 just to host the parade between the Forest Rec and the square, but it will be a great day.”

Music will also be a big part of the day and the parade. The Keith Kendrick Band, the Dovetail Trio, and the Carlton Brass Band will be entertaining the crowds, along with performances from Mortimer’s Morris dancers.

Read more: Nottingham gears up to celebrate English pride

Sarah Rydel, secretary of the Carlton Brass Band is looking forward to playing to the crowds.

“It will be a show of two halves,” she said. “First up will be songs from stage and screen, including hits like Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Memory. Then the second half will be more like the proms for a big finale.

“We are really looking forward to it as we love getting everyone together to enjoy themselves. It will be very patriotic!”

Councillor Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure and culture at Nottingham City Council, added: “Nottingham hosts one of the biggest St George’s day celebrations in England, and since 23 April falls on a Saturday, we’re making the event even better this year.

“We’re proud to be putting on a great free day out in Nottingham for everyone this St George’s Day. With such a variety of free activities, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.”

What is the timetable for the day?

10.30 – 10.50am: Mini play – A Tale of Robin Hood

10.50 – 11.10am: Combat displays by knights from The Household Medieval Re-enactment Society

11.30am – 12.30pm: Traditional English Folk music with the Keith Kendrick Band and Mortimer’s Morris dancers

12.30 – 1pm: Radford Branch Royal Society of St George Parade arrives, including St George on horseback

1 – 2pm: Traditional English Folk Music with the Dovetail Trio and Mortimer’s Morris dancers

2pm – 2.45pm: Brass Band concert with Carlton Brass Band

2.45 – 3.05pm: Mini play – A Tale of Robin Hood

3.05 – 3.25pm: Combat displays by knights from The Household Medieval Re-enactment Society

3.45 – 4.30pm: Brass Band concert with Carlton Brass Band

What else is happening on the day?

It won’t just be St George being recognised on the big, with another English heritage icon getting a special mention.

April 23 will also mark 400 years to the day of the death of William Shakespeare, and Nottingham Central Library will be hosting an event between 11am and 2pm to celebrate the Bard’s life and works.

Visitors will be able to dress in historical costume, watch clips of the best Shakespearean actors and meet the man himself as he tells tales of the past.

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