Video: Spreading some St George's day patriotic cheer!

PUBLISHED: 15:20 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:25 02 June 2010

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By TOM JACKSON AS the debate on whether England should do more to celebrate St George s Day, one radio journalist hit the streets of March to spread some patriotic cheer. BBC Radio Cambridgeshire s Johnny Dee – complete with England flags, St George s-cro

St George's Day survey, March market place
Johnny Dee

By TOM JACKSON

AS the debate on whether England should do more to celebrate St George's Day, one radio journalist hit the streets of March to spread some patriotic cheer.

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's Johnny Dee - complete with England flags, St George's-crossed inflatable finger, England hat and a red wig, asked shoppers on the town's market place this morning whether they celebrate our Patron Saint day.

Mr Dee said: "Everyone I asked has known today is St George's Day and the general feel of is that today should be a national holiday. I think everyone would be up for that.

St George's Day survey, March market place
Johnny Dee

"I have had a 14-year-old boy who was really into it and said we don't make enough of today. He said he might even hang a flag from his bedroom window later today."

While Mr Dee walked the streets and spoke to shoppers, drivers sounded their horns in support and cars went by displaying St George's flags in celebration of today.

Doddington man Bert Crawford was one of those stopped by Mr Dee while shopping on the market place and said: "I didn't realise it was St George's Day.

"People should celebrate it better, but it should not be a public holiday because we have got plenty already."

St George's Day was first celebrated in the 13th Century and was once a major feast in England, on a par with Christmas. This tradition died out by the 18th Century but, in recent years, arguments have been put forward in the House of Commons to make today a public holiday.


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