St George Comes To London

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 109 months ago
St George Comes To London

StGeorge.jpg Cry 'God for Boris, England and Saint George!' London's getting a week of free events to mark the national saint's day, including a Shakespeare event at the Globe, a folky concert in Trafalgar Square and something to do with food and a Routemaster at Leadenhall Market. The Mayor says St George's Day has "been ignored in London for far too long" and while this may be true, we question the timing. As funding for celebrations like Pride, St Patrick's Day and the Mela get cut or 'reappraised', it's a little suspicious that suddenly there's cash for a second London-based hoopla. (Image / evilnick)

Last Updated 23 March 2009


Not sure that it is all that true that St George's Day "has been ignored in London" - City Hall still have the page up advertising


I still maintain it's worth highlighting that St George's Day gets saved and bigged up to the max (check me and my urban argot) while more multicultural events are cut and cut. I'm sure people can make up their own minds about where the new focus of City Hall is.


Saint George's day may have been marked by Mayor Ken in some fashion, but there still seemed to be a bit of a bias in favor of Saint Patrick's Day compared to the Patron Saint of England.


Without getting into whether or not it has been previously ignored, I really don't see a problem with having a big celebration of St George's Day in London (which is after all the capital of England).

Dublin celebrates St Patrick's Day 'to the max' and Cardiff has a large parade for St David's Day (which Swansea celebrated for an entire week this year). The Scots seem to prefer Burns' Night to St Andrew's Day, but they still celebrate both (and treat the latter as a public holiday). So surely having a major celebration of St George's Day in London is equally fitting?

I'm sure no-one in any other capital city objects to celebrating their national day with slightly more gusto than many other occasions, so why should it be a problem in London?


I don't think the problem is St George's Day itself; it's that virtually every other celebration is having its funding cut by the Mayor's office, yet St George's Day seems to get away unscathed and promoted in a way it wasn't before. It's possibly not the best way to foster cultural relations across a multicultural city, is it?


St George deserves to rot in obscurity. He slayed a dragon. A dragon! How dare he? The unique species is now extinct thanks to the antics of this so-called 'saint' and his ilk. Modern science could have learnt so much from the creature - no other species has the necessary organs for breathing fire, and few creatures have a tendency to horde gold. Perhaps in this latter respect, the dragon shares a genetic similarity to the magpie. Now we'll never know thanks to St George. Our planet's biodiversity is at parlous risk as it is, without celebrating the life of this vile herptile hater.