It was fitting that we celebrated our Patron Saint of England with a meal of quintessentially English fayre on this night.
We assembled in the function room of the Full Moon which was festooned with suitable flags and bunting.
The Gentlemen dressed in their dinner jackets or evening suits and the Ladies in their glamourous evening wear.
The evening began with predinner drinks followed by the President’s address. He spoke on the history of Saint George, his various allegiances around the continent and the number of years that he has been around. The history. or myth, of the dragon was also discussed.
The address concluded with a rendition of “Rule Britannia” when there was much flag waving and revelry.
We enjoyed a fine meal of Roast Beef, or poached salmon as an alternative, which was to a very high standard.
The evening was finished with a suitable quiz organised by Jo Earney, a fitting end to the evening indeed.
There is much myth and folk lore surrounding Saint George, we wanted to enjoy a meal and raise a few glasses to him and our country on this special evening.
Take a close look at the English flag. That red cross over a white background has meaning. It’s actually St. George’s Cross — a symbol so closely intertwined with English national identity that St. George has his own national holiday.
The legend of Saint George and the Dragon describes the saint taming and slaying a dragon that demanded human sacrifices. We celebrate St. George’s Day on April 23 — the anniversary of his death in 303 AD.
The patron saint of England has captivated British imaginations since the Crusades and the Hundred Years’ War. Perhaps the most British of all holidays, this special day is a chance to let your English flag fly, literally and figuratively.
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