Southampton celebrates St George's Day

Daily Echo: St George's Day in Southampton St George's Day in Southampton

IT was a call to the city to celebrate part of its history – and Southampton has responded.

For the first time in its history the City of Southampton will play host to the first ever St George’s Day festival.

Across the city the bunting is being strewn across tea parties, school events and concerts, all in a bid to celebrate the patron saint of England – St George.

The drive to champion the day has been led by city MP John Denham in partnership with the city council and the SVS organisation which supports a number of community and charity groups in the city.

They have been urging the public to either host or take part in a number of events all aimed at celebrating the national saint’s special day.

Celebrations start early with breakfast events being staged. The Hilton at Chilworth will host an event for the Rose Road Association attended by record-breaking yachtsman Geoff Holt whilst throughout the day the Parklife cafe in St James’ Park is celebrating “good English food”.

Schools are also doing their bit for the patriotic cause with uniform being swapped for swords and shields at Hiltingbury Infant School in Chandler’s Ford as pupils have been encouraged to dress up as either the saint himself, a dragon or a princess.

Oasis Academy Mayfield will also be leaving the uniform at home in favour of all things red and white.

Competitions will also be held at lunchtime including a red and white themed cake sale and even a dragon roaring competition.

A quintessential English tea party will also be staged at a host of venues across the city by organisations including Southampton Sight at their Bassett Avenue venue and the friends of Polygon School in the city centre.

Wessex Cancer Trust will also be doing their bit with a food sale at Weston Court whilst bulb planting will be happening at the Holyrood Estate and a themed walks and talks event is also being organised by the Sholing Valleys Study Centre.

The Grand Cafe in Southampton will host a celebratory event featuring a tribute act to legendary comic Norman Wisdom.

The day will culminate with the main festival at The Hub theatre at City College Southampton which will see an informal evening of celebration featuring classical, choral, folk and pop and world music, modern and Asian dance, and a touch of Shakespeare to mark his birthday.

Councillor Satvir Kaur, pictured left, said she was delighted with the response: “This is a launch event so we really are hoping the city really supports. Southampton is such a diverse place with a variety of community groups.

“The English identity does not have to be from a certain culture, community or colour, we are celebrating everything about it and what that means to people in the city.”

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12:06pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Bobs Your Uncle ? says...

about time the genius of the belfast boy was recognised , raise your glasses.
about time the genius of the belfast boy was recognised , raise your glasses. Bobs Your Uncle ?
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12:22pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Smartiepants says...

Wales celebrate their day, Scotland celebrate their day. St Georges day will come and go and its hardly mentioned. I wonder if its because we're all so afraid of upsetting 'others' ....
Wales celebrate their day, Scotland celebrate their day. St Georges day will come and go and its hardly mentioned. I wonder if its because we're all so afraid of upsetting 'others' .... Smartiepants
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12:24pm Wed 23 Apr 14

SteveinTotton says...

It's a shame it's not a national holiday so we can all celebrate it.
It's a shame it's not a national holiday so we can all celebrate it. SteveinTotton
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1:59pm Wed 23 Apr 14

St.Winch70 says...

Smartiepants wrote:
Wales celebrate their day, Scotland celebrate their day. St Georges day will come and go and its hardly mentioned. I wonder if its because we're all so afraid of upsetting 'others' ....
If you're afraid of upsetting 'others' that's your issue. If the lazy English want to celebrate something then get off your årses and arrange it! Like all those 'other' communities and nations do.
[quote][p][bold]Smartiepants[/bold] wrote: Wales celebrate their day, Scotland celebrate their day. St Georges day will come and go and its hardly mentioned. I wonder if its because we're all so afraid of upsetting 'others' ....[/p][/quote]If you're afraid of upsetting 'others' that's your issue. If the lazy English want to celebrate something then get off your årses and arrange it! Like all those 'other' communities and nations do. St.Winch70
  • Score: 1

2:18pm Wed 23 Apr 14

sarfhamton says...

St.Winch70 wrote:
Smartiepants wrote:
Wales celebrate their day, Scotland celebrate their day. St Georges day will come and go and its hardly mentioned. I wonder if its because we're all so afraid of upsetting 'others' ....
If you're afraid of upsetting 'others' that's your issue. If the lazy English want to celebrate something then get off your årses and arrange it! Like all those 'other' communities and nations do.
Its all over the news, its just most of us can't be bothered as we two busy eating curry, pizza and dutch lager
[quote][p][bold]St.Winch70[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Smartiepants[/bold] wrote: Wales celebrate their day, Scotland celebrate their day. St Georges day will come and go and its hardly mentioned. I wonder if its because we're all so afraid of upsetting 'others' ....[/p][/quote]If you're afraid of upsetting 'others' that's your issue. If the lazy English want to celebrate something then get off your årses and arrange it! Like all those 'other' communities and nations do.[/p][/quote]Its all over the news, its just most of us can't be bothered as we two busy eating curry, pizza and dutch lager sarfhamton
  • Score: 4

2:21pm Wed 23 Apr 14

sarfhamton says...

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/magazine-27048
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http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/magazine-27048 219 sarfhamton
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2:36pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Woolston ollie says...

Lets change it to a bank holiday then we could take over the parks have a parade street parties, oh no we are English we wont be allowed to do that in our own country in case it upsets some other nationalities who think this is their country
Lets change it to a bank holiday then we could take over the parks have a parade street parties, oh no we are English we wont be allowed to do that in our own country in case it upsets some other nationalities who think this is their country Woolston ollie
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2:54pm Wed 23 Apr 14

St.Winch70 says...

Woolston ollie wrote:
Lets change it to a bank holiday then we could take over the parks have a parade street parties, oh no we are English we wont be allowed to do that in our own country in case it upsets some other nationalities who think this is their country
Apt that your username can be shortened to W.ollie.
What a load of nonsense, start thinking for yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: Lets change it to a bank holiday then we could take over the parks have a parade street parties, oh no we are English we wont be allowed to do that in our own country in case it upsets some other nationalities who think this is their country[/p][/quote]Apt that your username can be shortened to W.ollie. What a load of nonsense, start thinking for yourself. St.Winch70
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3:43pm Wed 23 Apr 14

House Sparrow says...

And St George's Day is greeted by the English with resounding apathy!
And St George's Day is greeted by the English with resounding apathy! House Sparrow
  • Score: 4

3:58pm Wed 23 Apr 14

sarfhamton says...

Woolston ollie wrote:
Lets change it to a bank holiday then we could take over the parks have a parade street parties, oh no we are English we wont be allowed to do that in our own country in case it upsets some other nationalities who think this is their country
St George was born in the middle east to Greek parents by the way
[quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: Lets change it to a bank holiday then we could take over the parks have a parade street parties, oh no we are English we wont be allowed to do that in our own country in case it upsets some other nationalities who think this is their country[/p][/quote]St George was born in the middle east to Greek parents by the way sarfhamton
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4:20pm Wed 23 Apr 14

St.Ray says...

St.Winch70 wrote:
Smartiepants wrote:
Wales celebrate their day, Scotland celebrate their day. St Georges day will come and go and its hardly mentioned. I wonder if its because we're all so afraid of upsetting 'others' ....
If you're afraid of upsetting 'others' that's your issue. If the lazy English want to celebrate something then get off your årses and arrange it! Like all those 'other' communities and nations do.
Just as we did, here in "deepest darkest" France.40+ of us Ex-Pats arranged a very boozy lunch with the restaurant decorated in the proper manner, lots of flags & bunting of St. George & even more alcohol (very English!!!)
[quote][p][bold]St.Winch70[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Smartiepants[/bold] wrote: Wales celebrate their day, Scotland celebrate their day. St Georges day will come and go and its hardly mentioned. I wonder if its because we're all so afraid of upsetting 'others' ....[/p][/quote]If you're afraid of upsetting 'others' that's your issue. If the lazy English want to celebrate something then get off your årses and arrange it! Like all those 'other' communities and nations do.[/p][/quote]Just as we did, here in "deepest darkest" France.40+ of us Ex-Pats arranged a very boozy lunch with the restaurant decorated in the proper manner, lots of flags & bunting of St. George & even more alcohol (very English!!!) St.Ray
  • Score: -1

4:32pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Facewagon says...

Woolston ollie wrote:
Lets change it to a bank holiday then we could take over the parks have a parade street parties, oh no we are English we wont be allowed to do that in our own country in case it upsets some other nationalities who think this is their country
What complete drivel. If St George's Day is important to you, how does it not being a national holiday stop you from celebrating it? Do you not celebrate your birthday each year unless it happens to fall on a bank holiday? There's nothing to stop you taking the day off work, or instead celebrating it in the evening, or even at the weekend, perhaps attending Southampton's St George's Day parade on Saturday or one of the many others in the region. Or, if that doesn't float your boat, why not arrange something yourself? The council's website states, "If you are organising a public event in the city to celebrate St George’s Day we want to hear from you. We will publicise your event on this web page and on the What’s On Free listings." Is that what "not being allowed to celebrate St George's Day" looks like?

If all of this seems impossible simply because it's not a national holiday then you probably need to take a long hard look at yourself. Not simply having everything handed to you on a plate does not mean you are being oppressed.
[quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: Lets change it to a bank holiday then we could take over the parks have a parade street parties, oh no we are English we wont be allowed to do that in our own country in case it upsets some other nationalities who think this is their country[/p][/quote]What complete drivel. If St George's Day is important to you, how does it not being a national holiday stop you from celebrating it? Do you not celebrate your birthday each year unless it happens to fall on a bank holiday? There's nothing to stop you taking the day off work, or instead celebrating it in the evening, or even at the weekend, perhaps attending Southampton's St George's Day parade on Saturday or one of the many others in the region. Or, if that doesn't float your boat, why not arrange something yourself? The council's website states, "If you are organising a public event in the city to celebrate St George’s Day we want to hear from you. We will publicise your event on this web page and on the What’s On Free listings." Is that what "not being allowed to celebrate St George's Day" looks like? If all of this seems impossible simply because it's not a national holiday then you probably need to take a long hard look at yourself. Not simply having everything handed to you on a plate does not mean you are being oppressed. Facewagon
  • Score: 3

4:50pm Wed 23 Apr 14

bigfella777 says...

Meaningless twoddle, even the shops can't find a way to cash in on it because it's so bland.
Meaningless twoddle, even the shops can't find a way to cash in on it because it's so bland. bigfella777
  • Score: 2

6:12pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Stubs says...

I hope the bailiffs get sent to prison for burglary.
I hope the bailiffs get sent to prison for burglary. Stubs
  • Score: -1

8:31pm Wed 23 Apr 14

southy says...

Smartiepants wrote:
Wales celebrate their day, Scotland celebrate their day. St Georges day will come and go and its hardly mentioned. I wonder if its because we're all so afraid of upsetting 'others' ....
No its because we are the lest religous than the others
[quote][p][bold]Smartiepants[/bold] wrote: Wales celebrate their day, Scotland celebrate their day. St Georges day will come and go and its hardly mentioned. I wonder if its because we're all so afraid of upsetting 'others' ....[/p][/quote]No its because we are the lest religous than the others southy
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8:42pm Wed 23 Apr 14

southy says...

sarfhamton wrote:
Woolston ollie wrote:
Lets change it to a bank holiday then we could take over the parks have a parade street parties, oh no we are English we wont be allowed to do that in our own country in case it upsets some other nationalities who think this is their country
St George was born in the middle east to Greek parents by the way
That is just one of the St George, He was also a Turk and Mesadoian.The basics of St George was he was a homicidal manic that enjoyed doing the Chuch blood thristy work of slaying people if they did not convert from pagan to Christianity and to conform with christianity.
He was brought into this country by the Crusaders who adopted him as there patron saint, the knights of St George and/or the Templer Knights, You take St David and St Patrick both of these St's had direct connections to there Country they are St's too
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: Lets change it to a bank holiday then we could take over the parks have a parade street parties, oh no we are English we wont be allowed to do that in our own country in case it upsets some other nationalities who think this is their country[/p][/quote]St George was born in the middle east to Greek parents by the way[/p][/quote]That is just one of the St George, He was also a Turk and Mesadoian.The basics of St George was he was a homicidal manic that enjoyed doing the Chuch blood thristy work of slaying people if they did not convert from pagan to Christianity and to conform with christianity. He was brought into this country by the Crusaders who adopted him as there patron saint, the knights of St George and/or the Templer Knights, You take St David and St Patrick both of these St's had direct connections to there Country they are St's too southy
  • Score: -2

8:50pm Wed 23 Apr 14

St.Winch70 says...

St.Ray wrote:
St.Winch70 wrote:
Smartiepants wrote:
Wales celebrate their day, Scotland celebrate their day. St Georges day will come and go and its hardly mentioned. I wonder if its because we're all so afraid of upsetting 'others' ....
If you're afraid of upsetting 'others' that's your issue. If the lazy English want to celebrate something then get off your årses and arrange it! Like all those 'other' communities and nations do.
Just as we did, here in "deepest darkest" France.40+ of us Ex-Pats arranged a very boozy lunch with the restaurant decorated in the proper manner, lots of flags & bunting of St. George & even more alcohol (very English!!!)
Excellent. Good on you all.
[quote][p][bold]St.Ray[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St.Winch70[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Smartiepants[/bold] wrote: Wales celebrate their day, Scotland celebrate their day. St Georges day will come and go and its hardly mentioned. I wonder if its because we're all so afraid of upsetting 'others' ....[/p][/quote]If you're afraid of upsetting 'others' that's your issue. If the lazy English want to celebrate something then get off your årses and arrange it! Like all those 'other' communities and nations do.[/p][/quote]Just as we did, here in "deepest darkest" France.40+ of us Ex-Pats arranged a very boozy lunch with the restaurant decorated in the proper manner, lots of flags & bunting of St. George & even more alcohol (very English!!!)[/p][/quote]Excellent. Good on you all. St.Winch70
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7:59am Thu 24 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Smartiepants wrote:
Wales celebrate their day, Scotland celebrate their day. St Georges day will come and go and its hardly mentioned. I wonder if its because we're all so afraid of upsetting 'others' ....
You realise you're posting this on a story that's exactly about a St Georges day celebration in the city, right? You cretins never cease to amaze me. Endless moaning that such-and-such won't happen because "minorities" and then make the exact same comments when the thing you wanted actually happens. Bunch of idiots.
[quote][p][bold]Smartiepants[/bold] wrote: Wales celebrate their day, Scotland celebrate their day. St Georges day will come and go and its hardly mentioned. I wonder if its because we're all so afraid of upsetting 'others' ....[/p][/quote]You realise you're posting this on a story that's exactly about a St Georges day celebration in the city, right? You cretins never cease to amaze me. Endless moaning that such-and-such won't happen because "minorities" and then make the exact same comments when the thing you wanted actually happens. Bunch of idiots. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 2

8:00am Thu 24 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

St.Winch70 wrote:
Smartiepants wrote:
Wales celebrate their day, Scotland celebrate their day. St Georges day will come and go and its hardly mentioned. I wonder if its because we're all so afraid of upsetting 'others' ....
If you're afraid of upsetting 'others' that's your issue. If the lazy English want to celebrate something then get off your årses and arrange it! Like all those 'other' communities and nations do.
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]St.Winch70[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Smartiepants[/bold] wrote: Wales celebrate their day, Scotland celebrate their day. St Georges day will come and go and its hardly mentioned. I wonder if its because we're all so afraid of upsetting 'others' ....[/p][/quote]If you're afraid of upsetting 'others' that's your issue. If the lazy English want to celebrate something then get off your årses and arrange it! Like all those 'other' communities and nations do.[/p][/quote]Well said. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 1

8:01am Thu 24 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

southy wrote:
sarfhamton wrote:
Woolston ollie wrote:
Lets change it to a bank holiday then we could take over the parks have a parade street parties, oh no we are English we wont be allowed to do that in our own country in case it upsets some other nationalities who think this is their country
St George was born in the middle east to Greek parents by the way
That is just one of the St George, He was also a Turk and Mesadoian.The basics of St George was he was a homicidal manic that enjoyed doing the Chuch blood thristy work of slaying people if they did not convert from pagan to Christianity and to conform with christianity.
He was brought into this country by the Crusaders who adopted him as there patron saint, the knights of St George and/or the Templer Knights, You take St David and St Patrick both of these St's had direct connections to there Country they are St's too
"Must. Correct. Everyone"

Moron.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: Lets change it to a bank holiday then we could take over the parks have a parade street parties, oh no we are English we wont be allowed to do that in our own country in case it upsets some other nationalities who think this is their country[/p][/quote]St George was born in the middle east to Greek parents by the way[/p][/quote]That is just one of the St George, He was also a Turk and Mesadoian.The basics of St George was he was a homicidal manic that enjoyed doing the Chuch blood thristy work of slaying people if they did not convert from pagan to Christianity and to conform with christianity. He was brought into this country by the Crusaders who adopted him as there patron saint, the knights of St George and/or the Templer Knights, You take St David and St Patrick both of these St's had direct connections to there Country they are St's too[/p][/quote]"Must. Correct. Everyone" Moron. Charlie Bucket
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