Flying the flag with pride

PUBLISHED: 10:45 30 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:38 25 August 2010

ENGLISHNESS was celebrated with dances, pie and mash and hundreds of St Georges flags this year.

ENGLISHNESS was celebrated with dances, pie and mash and hundreds of St Georges flags this year.

Pubs and shops around Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley were decorated in red and white last Thursday in a celebration of indigenous history.

At Blackfen School for Girls pupils were served bangers, mash and gravy, or pie, mash and liquor, for lunch.

Headteacher Matthew Brown said: "Our students really got into the spirit of St George's Day.

"As a school we recognise the importance of celebrating this national day as part of our commitment to multi-culturalism."

Landlords typically led the way in festivities with celebrations held at pubs including The Rising Sun, Eltham, and The Charcoal Burner, New Eltham.

In Bromley town centre flags were flown from shops and cars, but postman Bill Bennett, 54, who flew a St George's flag, said: "There should be more people are out today.

"Not enough people celebrate St George's Day."

Some residents became British Citizens for the first time when Bexley council held a citizenship ceremony beneath a St George's flag at Hall Place.

Council leader Teresa O'Neill said: "St George's Day is a fantastic opportunity for us all to celebrate the best of everything English.

"I am proud to be flying the flag to mark this day. It is great to see St George's Day becoming established alongside the other annual celebrations of our national identity.

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