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Where was our pride on St George's Day 2014?

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

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WHEN it comes to displays of national pride and patriotism, Ashbourne has become renowned for putting on a good show.

Our eight miles of bunting, which is erected by a small team of volunteers when events in the town warrant such an effort, have hit national headlines in the past, most notably around the time of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games in 2012.

But on Wednesday we fell a bit short when it came to celebrating our country.

Wednesday, April 23, was the day of our patron saint, St George, and, as with previous years, it slipped by practically un-noticed.

Sure, a few of our pubs and businesses put on a show but – and we may have broached this subject before – should Ashbourne be doing more to mark this annual day of celebration? It often feels like we do more to celebrate St Patrick's Day than we do honouring St George.

The Cross of St George, our national flag, might become a familiar sight when the England football team are lined up to do battle on the pitch, but we rarely see it any other time.

Perhaps next year there is scope for Ashbourne to get together and celebrate.

Next year St George's Day lands on a Thursday; market day. Wouldn't it be nice to see the cobbled market square taken over by family entertainment and colourful celebration to sit alongside our plucky market traders.

There's an opportunity now for Ashbourne Town Council to set an example to the rest of the country, to keep up Ashbourne's national reputation as a patriotic town, and to put on an event which helps residents and businesses alike.

Ashbourne wasn't the only town to be unduly apathetic towards St George's Day this year, but our town councillors are good at putting on events that bring the town together, including the fireworks night and the late-night shopping event at Christmas.

There's a full year now to pull something memorable together.

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