DCSIMG

Drive to reinstate ‘local lad’ St Edmund as country’s patron saint

The launch of the St Edmund Campaign by his statue outside the Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.

The launch of the St Edmund Campaign by his statue outside the Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.

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

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page