St. George's Day could be celebrated in the city

April 20, 2009 11:48 AM
Mike Pitt

Cllr Mike Pitt

St George's Day could be a cause for celebration in Cambridge in future years.

Cambridge Liberal Democrats believe England's national day, celebrating the country's patron saint, St George, should be officially commemorated in the city.

And they will ask Cambridge City Councillors at their meeting on St. George's Day - April 23 - to support their call to mark the occasion in the future.

The idea is being put forward by Kings Hedges councillor Mike Pitt who believes the city should celebrate the national day while recognising the diversity of the community.

He said celebrating April 23 is particularly appropriate as England's national day because of its associations with Shakespeare, associations which have also contributed to its adoption as the UNESCO international Day of the Book.

"Cambridge is an important city with its strong connections to education and books and it would be wonderful if we could stage a celebration that everyone could take part in regardless of nationality or religion.

"St George is a symbol of multiculturalism. He is not only the patron Saint of England but of many other cities and countries in Europe and the Middle East. He is tightly connected to English tradition, yet was also a Roman soldier from the Middle East."

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