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Edition No. 149

Date:- 01 May 2004

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Flying the Flag
Photographs by Patrick Trollope

ON Friday 23 April, it was St Gorge's Day. Costa, on Lord St. in Southport, was one of the very few shops in Southport that celebrated the day by flying the English flag in the shop. The flag, all English people should have flown, was a red cross on a white background.   That is the flag of St Gorge. The flag represents courage and bravery. The history of the flag comes from the legend of St Gorge.  St Gorge was a young hero who saved England from a dragon, so because of his bravery, his family's shield became the flag of England. It is sad that today the flag has lost most of its importance in society and the lack of celebrations shows just how lacking in patriotism we are today. This was not the case for Scouting groups across the land, as on Sunday St Gorge's day parades were held across England. In Southport, the sun came out as the Southport Scout groups paraded through the town. We went out to capture a few shots of this time honored tradition. Well done to all who celebrated our patron St's day.

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