Bid4Bury calls for patriotic day

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business organisation Bid4Bury has organised a day of themed activities for the town on April 23 – St George’s Day.

People will be able to enjoy traditional British cream teas and the spectacle of St George slaying the dragon in the arc.

And while St Edmund has a special place in Bury’s history, Bid4Bury thought it would be a good idea to mark England’s saints day.

There will be cream teas at Palmers and the Tourist Information Centre and Buy the Light in Cornhill Walk is offering those with the name of George, Georgina or Georgia free gifts to celebrate the day.

Charter Square in the arc shopping centre has organised a dragon versus St George spectacle and for children shopping in the area goody bags will be handed out during the afternoon and early evening.

Children can also enjoy a St George’s day colouring and drawing competition. Details for the competition can be found on the town’s website

Mark Cordell, Bid4Bury chief executive, said: “This is a great opportunity to recognise our patron saint – even though I know there are some who feel the honour should really have been bestowed on St Edmund rather than St George. A number of businesses in the town are going to be putting on patriotic offers or displays that day and it’s a real chance to celebrate St George’s Day. After all, we see so much about St Patrick’s Day just a month or so earlier and we at Bid4Bury feel that St George should not be overlooked –especially in a town like Bury St Edmunds, which already places great significance on its own saint’s day.”

Bid4Bury was set up in April 2010 to improve the trading environment of the town centre and is funded by businesses paying a levy. It has supported Christmas in the town by funding the lights