Flag raised to celebrate St George’s Day
Councillors and staff have raised the national flag outside their Cambourne headquarters to mark St George’s Day.
A short ceremony took place outside South Cambridgeshire District Council’s business park offices today (Friday 21 April) ahead of the national day this Sunday.
In 1222 the Council of Oxford declared April 23 to be St George’s Day but it was not until 1348 that St George became the Patron Saint of England.
In 1415, St George’s Day was declared a national feast day and holiday in England but after the union with Scotland at the beginning of the end of the 18th Century, the tradition diminished and since has not been widely acknowledged and is no longer a national holiday.
Traditional customs were to fly the St George’s flag and wear a red rose in one’s lapel.