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12:01am 2nd May 2011

Archbishop Welcomes Calls To Make St George's Day A Public Holiday

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has welcomed calls made in the House of Commons today to make St George's Day a national holiday.

The Archbishop said:

"I continue to back calls for a public holiday to mark St George's Day. I am delighted that this issue is being raised in the House of Commons - and I hope that the Government will consider giving everyone in England a day off to celebrate this wonderful Patron Saint!

"As someone who is inspired by St George's refusal to renounce his discipleship of Jesus Christ, I have long campaigned for us to have a special holiday where we can celebrate our patron saint and all that is great about our wonderful nation.

"As the Second Church Estates Commissioner (Tony Baldry) recognises, this year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have a unique double celebration. Because 23rd April is Holy Saturday, St George's Day moves to 2nd May in the Church Calendar. This means we get another chance to wave our St George flags, sing songs and drink a pint of English ale!

"A recent poll by Premier Christian Media, reveals that 64% of people in the UK are in favour of St. Georges Day being a Bank Holiday - Christians were particularly positive with 71% backing the Public Holiday. Let us all get behind the campaign to pay a full and proper tribute to our patron saint."

The Archbishop's comments followed Parliamentary Questions to the Second Church Estates Commissioner on the subject.

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