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Let's Celebrate St George's Day But When is It?

A new poll has found the English would like to see St George's Day celebrated more - despite most not knowing when it is!

Only 40 per cent of those asked were aware the patron saint's day is celebrated on April 23, compared with 70 per cent who said they knew US Independence Day was on July 4. Two-thirds said St Patrick's Day on March 17 is now more widely celebrated in Britain.

But the online survey by ICM of 2,360 British adults, including 1,739 respondents in England, found that three-quarters would like to see that change.

Fewer than one in three thought it was because the English don't care, with four in 10 claiming a lack of a Bank Holiday for St George's Day hampered celeb­ra­tions.­ 

There was also a majority of 61 per cent who said they would like to see the English flag flown more across the country.

Sunder Katwala, director of co-organiser British Future, said: "Why shouldn't we be able to celebrate Englishness? 

"We're all happy to come together as a nation when there's football or cricket on, so why keep the flags in the drawer for the rest of the year?

"It's a bit baffling that people in England will happily enjoy a pint of Guinness on St Patrick's Day but then get nervous about celebrating St George's Day too.

"We need to get over it and celebrate Englishness more."


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