It is time now that we revisited the issue of having a Bank Holiday on the day our nation should be celebrating its patron, Saint George. Saint George and the Dragon is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers regarded as one of the most prominent military saints.
Saint George and his feast day began to gain more widespread fame among all Europeans, however, from the time of the Crusade the St. George’s flag, a red cross on a white field, was adopted by England and the City of London in 1190 for their ships entering the Mediterranean to benefit from the protection of the Genoese fleet during the Crusades, and the English Monarch paid an annual tribute to the Doge of Genoa for this privilege.
There are question marks over the future of the May Day Bank holiday, which comes in the middle of the school term and which is close to the Whitsun bank holiday at half term.
Of our four home nations, only England does not mark its own Saint day with a national public holiday, and consequently many of us find ourselves joining with the Irish to celebrate St Patrick’s Day instead. I believe it is time to end this anomaly and move the May Day Bank to April the 23rd, and declare this day, St George’s Day, an annual public holiday for the people of England.