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St. George’s Day

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Readhead Park, South Shields

Readhead Park

Yesterday we celebrated St. George’s Day in England, it passed without much of a mention here in South Shields, which was a disappointment to say the least. St. George is the patron saint of England and yet we tend to spend more time and money celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! It’s a sad reflection of our respect for our country.

One of the few flags of St. George that I found flying in South Shields was in a lonely corner of the Readhead Park on Sunderland Road, tucked away in the fenced off bowling green.

I went to the pub last night to watch Manchester United playing Barcelona in the semi-final of the European Champions League and not a single flag of St. George was on display, yet when England’s national football team reaches a European or World Cup final, the pubs are festooned with flags – such a sad situation.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 82mm lens, 1/90 second, f8, iso 200

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Written by curly

April 24, 2008 at 12:19 am

Posted in Colour, Events, Parks, South Shields

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  1. On July 1st ‘Canada Day’ you will see a few flags flying but if the ice hockey team wins a championship they’re everywhere.

    ken

    April 24, 2008 at 1:33 am

  2. From Ken’s comments, maybe it’s not just an English phenomenon…maybe the English don’t feel the need to shout from the rooftops (like in Canada)? But I know what you mean, a bit of patrionism every once in a while outside the World Cup wouldn’t do anyone any harm

    S Wilson

    April 24, 2008 at 8:45 pm

  3. Is it not that the Nationalists have hijacked the cross of St. George and that the man in the street only feels comfortable flying the flag on ‘heady’ occasions such as the World Cup and European Cup? Patriotism is fine but it has to be tempered with an appreciation that there are people in the world other than ourselves. No man is an island.

    Westy

    April 26, 2008 at 11:44 pm


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