What's the Best Way to Celebrate St George's Day in Beaconsfield?
By ClaireMitch | Friday, April 06, 2012, 15:45
During the month of April, localpeople.co.uk will be running a poll across the many Local People sites asking people about St George's Day. How would you like to celebrate this most british of days? You can tell us all via the poll. Although the poll is a bit of fun, who knows, maybe with people power we could campaign to get St George's Day made a public holiday!
What's the best way to celebrate St George's Day in Beaconsfield?
St George's Day is celebrated on the 23rd April, which is the day he died in AD303.
Did you know that he was not only the patron saint of England but also of Aragon, Catalonia, England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, and Russia, as well as the cities of Amersfoort, Beirut, Bteghrine, Cáceres, Ferrara, Freiburg, Genoa, Ljubljana, Gozo, Pomorie, Qormi, Lod and Moscow.
The legend tells of a town terrorised by a dragon who lived on a diet of beautiful maidens that were given as sacrifices to appease him. This had continued until only the kings daughter remained. That's when St George arrived on the scene, famously slaying the dragon and rescuing the princess.
It is thought to be highly unlikely that St George ever fought a dragon, and even more unlikely is that he ever actually visited England. Despite this, St George is known throughout the world as the dragon-slaying patron saint of England.
What is known about St George is that he was a brave Roman soldier who protested against the Romans' torture of Christians and died for his beliefs. The popularity of St George in England stems from the time of the early Crusades when it is said that the Normans saw him in a vision and were victorious.
In 1222, the Council of Oxford declared April 23 to be St George's Day and he replaced St Edmund the Martyr as England's patron saint in the 14th century. In 1415, April 23 was made a national feast day.
Since then the people of England have marked this as a day to unite in our pride of all things English.
Up until now though, it has not been celebrated with the same fervour as the Irish celebrate St Patricks Day and the Scottish celebrate St Andrew's Day.
We think it is time to level the playing field ...
This is a call not only to the Nation but also to the people of Beaconsfield.
What do you think is the best way to celebrate St George's Day?
If it's to enjoy traditional English food, what could be better than starting with a full English Breakfast. The places I think are best for that in Beaconsfield are the Royal Saracens Head, The White Hart, The Old Tea House, The Cape, Jungs and The Village Bakery.
If you fancy cooking up one yourself I recommend going to the next Beaconsfield Farmers Market on 22nd April. They sell the most delicious bacon, sausages, eggs and mushrooms you can find.
Of course you could always celebrate with that other great English Tradition the Sunday Roast. If work demands means you'll be celebrating on St George's Day Eve this is the perfect option. I also highly recommend getting your beef, pork or lamb, and veg at the Beaconsfield Farmers Market.
You could always have your roast at that other great English institution known as 'The Pub'. There you can also celebrate with a pint of local bitter, ale or cider. Beaconsfield has a great selection of traditional pubs with the Royal Standard of England, The Jolly Cricketers and The Swan being my pick of a great bunch.
My last suggestion for celebrating St George's Day is to get the best take away in the history of mankind, and it couldn't be more English ... Fish and Chips!!! Thankfully Beaconsfield is blessed with two fantastic chippies, The Old Town Friar and Smiles.
There are of course loads of other ways to celebrate England on St George's Day.
It would be great to hear your suggestions.
Also watch this space for a poll where you can vote to have your say.