After losing his title to St George as the country’s true patron saint some 400 years ago, St Edmund could reclaim his position with the launch of a national campaign.
Pubs giant Greene King, in Bury St Edmunds, aims to raise the profile of the ‘local lad’ in a bid to replace St George and establish a national bank holiday on the Monday closest to November 20 - St Edmund’s Day.
Backing the campaign is BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Mark Murphy, who was behind a similar drive in 2006 which resulted in a petition being presented to Parliament only to be rejected.
Bosses hope the rise of social networking will broaden the renewed campaign’s scope. Mark Blythman, strategy and communications director, said: “This is not an attack on St George or those that support him. It is a fun, yet serious attempt to reinstate England’s former patron saint.”
The Very Rev Dr Frances Ward, Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, added: “St Edmund was a local lad who was a real hero. I’m all for him being a patron saint.”
Visit www.edmundforengland.co.uk to sign an e-petition and follow the campaign on Facebook www.facebook.com/StEdmundForEngland, Twitter @TheSaintEdmund and tweet #edmundforengland