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Rochdale MP calls for St George's Day Public Holiday!

August 5, 2005 3:01 PM

Rochdale MP calls for St George's Day Public Holiday!

Rochdale Liberal Democrat MP Paul Rowen has signed an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling for St George's Day to be made a public holiday in England. 34 MP's, including MP's from all three major parties have signed the EDM.

Paul Rowen MP, "Rochdale is such a tolerant place that enthusiastically celebrates its diversity, whether it be Eid, St Patrick's Day, the Chinese New Year or any other celebration. The Irish have St Patrick's Day as a public holiday, the Scots have St Andrew's day as a public holiday, and I think England should have St George's Day as a public holiday."

Paul said, "I think this country should come into line with the rest of Britain and Ireland and celebrate our saints day with a Public Holiday. We should make more of St George's Day - making it a Public Holiday will certainly be a great move. I know that last year's celebrations were a great success - there was a marvellous concert at the Gracie Fields Theatre with classics like Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem and the St George's Flag was flying outside Rochdale Town Hall. I think that people in Rochdale should start to think of ideas of how we can celebrate April 23rd."