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21-04-2011 : ST GEORGES DAY

St George is the Patron Saint of England and St Georges Day is celebrated on 23rd April each year.

The legend of George slaying a dragon and rescuing an innocent maiden from death is medieval.

Little is known about the real St George and he is thought to have been born into a noble Christian family in the late third century in Cappadocia.

He followed his father into the profession of soldier and became part of the retinue of the Emperor Diocletian.

In 303 he was tortured and executed in Palestine, becoming an early Christian martyr.

A traditional custom on St Georges Day is to wear a red rose or to fly or adorn the St George Cross Flag.

Book a Canal Boat Holiday and cruise The Grand Ring to London and join in with the Capitals St Georges Day celebrations.

London has plenty of special events taking place where you can mark the feast day of the patron saint including a musical festival in Trafalgar Square.

Visit the National Gallery to view Paolo Uccellos famous painting of Saint George and the Dragon which is on display there.

Book A Canal Boat Holiday and join in with the St Georges Day events at the Standedge Tunnel.

Book a Canal Boat Holiday from Alvechurch and visit Birmingham this St Georges Day.

There will be lots of fun on offer in the city including childrens rides and entertainment, face painting, Easter bonnet making and even the opportunity to meet St George himself.

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