Let’s be honest, St George is great, but he hasn’t really taken off has he? And that might just be because he is a latecomer to the title....
- St Edmund was made England’s patron saint in 869 only to be usurped by St George some 481 years later in 1350.
- St Edmund was King of East Anglia; it is doubtful St George ever even visited England.
- St Edmund is famous for holding off invading Vikings. George? Well he’s famous for killing... a dragon. Come on England, there’s no such thing as a dragon and never was!
- St George has spread himself a bit thin. He is patron saint of 17 countries around the world and 25 cities. St Edmund only wants England.
Let’s celebrate St Edmund on 20th November with an extra bank holiday on the Monday closest to this date. Come on England, your saint needs you!