Marching for God, St George and England

Patriotic crowds celebrate St George's Day

The parade heads for the church

Flying the flag - standard bearers with councillor John Lamb with his wife Pat.

First published in Echo News

PATRIOTS turned out early this year to celebrate St George’s Day in Southend.

More than 80 servicemen and women from the Army Cadets, Royal Fusiliers, Royal Artillery, Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy marched in the bright sunshine along Royal Terrace to St John the Baptist Church for Sunday’s annual service.

They then marched on, with the town’s mayor, Brian Kelly, taking the salute at the top of Pier Hill.

Fewer people were said to have been at the parade this year, possibly because it was held a week earlier than usual. However, the numbers inside the church to hear Canon Stephen Burdett lead the service still meant there was hardly a seat to be had.

Mr Kelly contributed a reading, as did David Amess, MP for Southend West, and Verina Weaver, chairman of Southend’s Royal Society of St. George branch.

In his sermon, Mr Burdett praised Great Britain for “still being great”, referring to achievements such as the 2012 Olympic Games, the work of medics at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital and the success of the film, Gravity, which was made in the UK and won seven Oscars.

St George’s Day is on April 23, and the service is normally held on the Sunday after the saint’s day, but was brought forward so as not to clash with St John’s main Easter Sunday service.

John Lamb, parade leader and deputy leader of Southend Council, said: “It has been a really good turn-out and I thank every single person who has come to support out servicemen and women.

“I always look forward to this day. I am English and I am very proud to be English.

“Days such as this should be marked and I think everyone in our country should be celebrating as well. St George is a great patron saint and this is a wonderful way to mark a very important day in our calendar.”

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9:07am Wed 16 Apr 14

supermadmax says...

As long as they are happy.
As long as they are happy. supermadmax
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9:33am Wed 16 Apr 14

w-jback says...

What a load of nonsense. St Georges day is the 23rd April. The Sunday after the 23rd of April is the 27th April, on my calendar Easter Sunday is 20th April.
so why hold the service two weeks early (not one!)

Stop moving celebrations to suit!
What a load of nonsense. St Georges day is the 23rd April. The Sunday after the 23rd of April is the 27th April, on my calendar Easter Sunday is 20th April. so why hold the service two weeks early (not one!) Stop moving celebrations to suit! w-jback
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11:42am Wed 16 Apr 14

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

What celebrations are taking place on St George's Day?
What celebrations are taking place on St George's Day? Alice in Her Own Land :P
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12:24pm Wed 16 Apr 14

emcee says...

For goodness sake. St Georges Day is on 23rd April. Just because it is inconvenient to have it on the 23rd does not mean it is not on the 23rd.

Quote John Lamb: “Days such as this should be marked and I think everyone in our country should be celebrating as well. St George is a great patron saint and this is a wonderful way to mark a very important day in our calendar.”
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Erm yes, I agree... ON APRIL 23rd.
For goodness sake. St Georges Day is on 23rd April. Just because it is inconvenient to have it on the 23rd does not mean it is not on the 23rd. Quote John Lamb: “Days such as this should be marked and I think everyone in our country should be celebrating as well. St George is a great patron saint and this is a wonderful way to mark a very important day in our calendar.” - Erm yes, I agree... ON APRIL 23rd. emcee
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12:41pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

In his sermon, Mr Burdett praised Great Britain for “still being great”... nice sentiment but St George's day is about England, not Great Britain. Can't we have anything to ourselves without it being hijacked?

Also I am happy to see Luke Lambert took my advice and changed the details of the story above, that appeared in yesterday's Echo newspaper. He had originally stated that St George's day was today.

Nice work subs.

Let's not forget when our own saint's day is. And no I don't need any lectures about St George's birthplace either.

Let's all get out there next Wednesday and fly that flag, drink English beer, listen to English music and celebrate our Englishness.

Loud and proud.
In his sermon, Mr Burdett praised Great Britain for “still being great”... nice sentiment but St George's day is about England, not Great Britain. Can't we have anything to ourselves without it being hijacked? Also I am happy to see Luke Lambert took my advice and changed the details of the story above, that appeared in yesterday's Echo newspaper. He had originally stated that St George's day was today. Nice work subs. Let's not forget when our own saint's day is. And no I don't need any lectures about St George's birthplace either. Let's all get out there next Wednesday and fly that flag, drink English beer, listen to English music and celebrate our Englishness. Loud and proud. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

1:10pm Wed 16 Apr 14

The Macduffian says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
In his sermon, Mr Burdett praised Great Britain for “still being great”... nice sentiment but St George's day is about England, not Great Britain. Can't we have anything to ourselves without it being hijacked?

Also I am happy to see Luke Lambert took my advice and changed the details of the story above, that appeared in yesterday's Echo newspaper. He had originally stated that St George's day was today.

Nice work subs.

Let's not forget when our own saint's day is. And no I don't need any lectures about St George's birthplace either.

Let's all get out there next Wednesday and fly that flag, drink English beer, listen to English music and celebrate our Englishness.

Loud and proud.
Even more reason to vote yes in the referendum in September
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: In his sermon, Mr Burdett praised Great Britain for “still being great”... nice sentiment but St George's day is about England, not Great Britain. Can't we have anything to ourselves without it being hijacked? Also I am happy to see Luke Lambert took my advice and changed the details of the story above, that appeared in yesterday's Echo newspaper. He had originally stated that St George's day was today. Nice work subs. Let's not forget when our own saint's day is. And no I don't need any lectures about St George's birthplace either. Let's all get out there next Wednesday and fly that flag, drink English beer, listen to English music and celebrate our Englishness. Loud and proud.[/p][/quote]Even more reason to vote yes in the referendum in September The Macduffian
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1:24pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Jack222 says...

St George; born in Palestine . Parents were Greek. Love it. You cant convince me about the dragon, either.

If it is to be celebrated then it should be on this day.

MInd you it's also Shakespeare's death day and probable birth day; a far more important event.
St George; born in Palestine . Parents were Greek. Love it. You cant convince me about the dragon, either. If it is to be celebrated then it should be on this day. MInd you it's also Shakespeare's death day and probable birth day; a far more important event. Jack222
  • Score: 1

1:33pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

Jack222 wrote:
St George; born in Palestine . Parents were Greek. Love it. You cant convince me about the dragon, either. If it is to be celebrated then it should be on this day. MInd you it's also Shakespeare's death day and probable birth day; a far more important event.
Does add yet another level of humour to the flag wavers :)
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: St George; born in Palestine . Parents were Greek. Love it. You cant convince me about the dragon, either. If it is to be celebrated then it should be on this day. MInd you it's also Shakespeare's death day and probable birth day; a far more important event.[/p][/quote]Does add yet another level of humour to the flag wavers :) Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: 1

3:24pm Wed 16 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

Saint George's day is about Men, Men of England, where they are valiant, with the women subservient to their wishes, how times have changed, they wanted equality, the vote and and so much more, history has proved, that when it's given, they become, oh such a bore.
Saint George's day is about Men, Men of England, where they are valiant, with the women subservient to their wishes, how times have changed, they wanted equality, the vote and and so much more, history has proved, that when it's given, they become, oh such a bore. CarnMountification
  • Score: 3

4:23pm Wed 16 Apr 14

I care about rayleigh says...

Why can't we Brits celebrate things on the right day? May Day should be on May 1st, not the nearest Monday etc etc. And please let's celebrate St George's day on April 23, and forget about St Patrick & other non-English saints.
Why can't we Brits celebrate things on the right day? May Day should be on May 1st, not the nearest Monday etc etc. And please let's celebrate St George's day on April 23, and forget about St Patrick & other non-English saints. I care about rayleigh
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5:38pm Wed 16 Apr 14

profondo asbo says...

The Macduffian wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
In his sermon, Mr Burdett praised Great Britain for “still being great”... nice sentiment but St George's day is about England, not Great Britain. Can't we have anything to ourselves without it being hijacked?

Also I am happy to see Luke Lambert took my advice and changed the details of the story above, that appeared in yesterday's Echo newspaper. He had originally stated that St George's day was today.

Nice work subs.

Let's not forget when our own saint's day is. And no I don't need any lectures about St George's birthplace either.

Let's all get out there next Wednesday and fly that flag, drink English beer, listen to English music and celebrate our Englishness.

Loud and proud.
Even more reason to vote yes in the referendum in September
you have our blessing. goodbye and good luck.
[quote][p][bold]The Macduffian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: In his sermon, Mr Burdett praised Great Britain for “still being great”... nice sentiment but St George's day is about England, not Great Britain. Can't we have anything to ourselves without it being hijacked? Also I am happy to see Luke Lambert took my advice and changed the details of the story above, that appeared in yesterday's Echo newspaper. He had originally stated that St George's day was today. Nice work subs. Let's not forget when our own saint's day is. And no I don't need any lectures about St George's birthplace either. Let's all get out there next Wednesday and fly that flag, drink English beer, listen to English music and celebrate our Englishness. Loud and proud.[/p][/quote]Even more reason to vote yes in the referendum in September[/p][/quote]you have our blessing. goodbye and good luck. profondo asbo
  • Score: 1

5:53pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Gaz Michaels says...

I care about rayleigh wrote:
Why can't we Brits celebrate things on the right day? May Day should be on May 1st, not the nearest Monday etc etc. And please let's celebrate St George's day on April 23, and forget about St Patrick & other non-English saints.
How can we be "we Brits" and forget about the "non-English saints"? Don't the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish get a say then?
[quote][p][bold]I care about rayleigh[/bold] wrote: Why can't we Brits celebrate things on the right day? May Day should be on May 1st, not the nearest Monday etc etc. And please let's celebrate St George's day on April 23, and forget about St Patrick & other non-English saints.[/p][/quote]How can we be "we Brits" and forget about the "non-English saints"? Don't the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish get a say then? Gaz Michaels
  • Score: 0

7:11pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

My England flag is a permanent fixture in the front window of my home. I am English - born in England, live in England and will, most probably die in England and be buried beneath English soil.
St George's Day is an important day of the English calendar. You wouldn't see St Patrick's day celebrations move to another date!
There should be more national pride in the great country that is ENGLAND.
My England flag is a permanent fixture in the front window of my home. I am English - born in England, live in England and will, most probably die in England and be buried beneath English soil. St George's Day is an important day of the English calendar. You wouldn't see St Patrick's day celebrations move to another date! There should be more national pride in the great country that is ENGLAND. Alice in Her Own Land :P
  • Score: 2

4:49pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Fecking idiots! 23rd end of
And if I was in that church and the goone had said "Great Britian" I would of corrected him there and then! And he would not of forgotten it 9rick
#proudtobeenglish
Fecking idiots! 23rd end of And if I was in that church and the goone had said "Great Britian" I would of corrected him there and then! And he would not of forgotten it 9rick #proudtobeenglish Living the La Vida Legra
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