Council calls for action on St George's Day
A Kent Borough Council has set itself on a collision course with political correctness by urging businesses, residents and schools to fly the flag of St George with pride this Summer.
[UKPRwire, Wed Apr 12 2006] To celebrate England's national day, on 23 April, Dartford Borough Council's Leader is giving away 100 full-size St George's Day flags and 100 car flags to the first 200 borough residents to contact him.
The call for action comes following media interest in Councils that fail to fly the flag for England's national Saint's day.
Councillor Jeremy Kite, Leader of Dartford Borough Council, says local councils and public bodies should be proud of England's heritage and recognise that national pride is part of a successful diverse community, not a threat to it.
"The cross of St George is our national flag and we should be proud to fly it. It is ridiculous to bow to the suggestion that the flag is provocative or likely to offend. The flag belongs to all of us, including those who have made their home here, and we must not allow it to be claimed by any group or cause."
"Later this year the country will be awash with England flags as the World Cup gets underway but we think we should celebrate our national pride from St George's Day through the summer.
"Sadly, not all public bodies are like Dartford Council but I’d like to think that there could be an outbreak of common sense this year and we could all fly the flag for England.
"The weekend of 22 and 23 April includes borough celebrations of the Queen's eightieth birthday, St George's Day and Shakespeare's birthday - which makes it all the more reason to show patriotism."
Flags are available to the first 200 callers at the Civic Centre in Dartford.