On Behalf of The English Democrats we want to wish all our supporters and members a very happy St George's Day.
Not much is known about St George’s life but it is thought he was a Cappadocian Greek soldier and was a member of the Pretorian Guard for the Roman emperor, Diocletian.
St George was sentenced to death after refusing to give up his Christian beliefs, becoming one of the most honoured saints and martyrs in Christianity.
There is another legend which is associated with St George, known as St George and the Dragon.
This tale became widespread thanks to a translation to English by William Caxton in the 15th century.
In the legend, St George slew a dragon using a lance named Ascalon named so after the city of Ashkelon, Israel.
Cities, professions, universities and organisations also claim him as their patron.
In England, St George was first mentioned among martyrs by the 8th-century monk, Bede.
The first attribution to patron saint was not until the 14th century, and in 1552, King Edward VI declared all saints banners other than George’s were abolished in the English Reformation.
Today, to celebrate St George’s Day flags are flown bearing the St George’s cross across homes, pubs and businesses.