VOX POP: St George’s Day took place last week, but do we care about it?

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Reporter Victoria Bull has been asking people in Hemel Hempstead town centre what they think of the day of our patron saint.


PATTY SILVEIRA, BENNETTS END:

“I think we should care more about it, but because it was a working day people didn’t celebrate it much. I think even in England we celebrate St Patrick’s Day more.”

JILL DAVY, HOBBS HILL ROAD:

“I was aware of it, especially as my son is called George. I normally do a typical British meal with family to celebrate, but unfortunately I didn’t do that this year.”

ADRIAN IRVING, NORTHEND:

“I only remembered about it because I saw it on the news. People don’t tend to take it seriously. I think people here see themselves as more British than English.”

DAVID HICKLING, HEMEL OLD TOWN:

“I wasn’t aware it was St George’s Day until quite late on the day. We don’t make a big deal of it here, but I think nowadays people associate the English flag with nationalism and the BNP.”

STEVE HERBERT, WOODHALL FARM:

“I don’t really feel as if I need to celebrate St George’s Day to feel English. We aren’t as strongly patriotic as the Irish or the Scots. I would say I am British.”