PUBS in Chester and across the Cheshire countryside will be united in their celebration of St George’s Day and being English.
Many are launching promotions and flying the flag tomorrow while adding their weight to the campaign to make April 23 a national holiday.
Mike Mercer, who has run the Albion Inn on Park Street for almost 40 years, will once again play host to more than 150 Morris Men.
Mr Mercer, who has transformed the pub with artifacts and tributes to the world wars, says that efforts to make St George’s Day a special event for the public has been a battle for a while.
He said: “I remember a long time ago I was in Chester Magistrates Court applying for an extension for permitted hours on St George’s Day. But it was turned down because the council didn’t think it was a special occasion.”
Country drinkers will also be able to get involved with patriotic events, taking advantage of various food and drink offers.
Alvanley Arms landlady Janet King said: “We should be happy to show our pride in being English and St George’s Day is the perfect opportunity to do that,” she said.
The pub, located on the A49 in Cotebrook, will be covered in St George’s Cross flags tomorrow to raise awareness of the special day.
Also holding a special St George’s Day event is the City Arms on Chester Street, Saltney, where English folk band The Dragon Slayers will take the stage. There will also be sausages and complementary snacks available throughout the day. Call 01244 682633 for details.