[S]t George’s Day should be declared a Bank Holiday, said local UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall.
“I have long believed that England’s patron saint should be so honoured but it is more pertinent now than ever.
“We are at a major crossroads in this country’s history with the impending EU referendum in June and never has it been so important to stand up and be proud of our English heritage,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.
“Voting to leave the European Union and its flawed policies, including freedom of movement, is vital and how fantastic would it be if April 23 – St George’s Day – was to made an official bank holiday.
“The Irish wholeheartedly throw themselves into St Patrick’s Day and the Welsh always show their support for St David’s Day so I have written to David Cameron asking him to make St George’s Day a bank holiday.
“I’m glad to say that recognition of St George is growing with more wearing the traditional red rose showing a groundswell of opinion in favour of honouring him.
“Red nose day has become a much loved national event and red rose day should not only be embedded in tradition but marked with a national holiday,” said Mr Nuttall.
“I hope that tomorrow (Saturday) will see people proudly wearing a red rose as I shall myself,” he added.
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