Thursday, 22 April 2010

Celebrating St. George's Day

Mark Reckless, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Rochester and Strood, is calling on the people of Medway to join him in celebrating St George's day this Friday, and is launching a competition asking the public to share their ideas on how best to celebrate St George's day in the Medway Towns in coming years.

Members of the public are invited to submit their idea via this website (see below) for celebrating St George's day, and these in turn will be considered by Mark Reckless, Rodney Chambers (Leader of Medway Council) and other members of Medway Council's group.

"I was delighted that, soon after the Conservatives took over from Labour and LibDems in running the Council, I succeeded in my campaign for us to fly the union flag over Rochester Castle. Why is it though that we in England are the only one of the British nations not to have a bank holiday to celebrate our national day? We should celebrate being English as well as being British."

Rodney Chambers, Leader of Medway Council, has given his support to the idea;

"I welcome Mark's initiative and look forward to considering, with Mark, ideas from our residents on how we might best celebrate St George's Day."

Medway Council's Conservative group have already made great strides in recognising and promoting our shared English heritage in Medway. Last year Mark Reckless and fellow Conservative councillors voted to hold the first 'English' festival celebrating all that is good about living in England, and the festival will be held again this year as a regular part of Medway's festival season.

And Rodney Chambers has confirmed that the flag of St George will be flown at the Council's head office at Gun Wharf this coming Friday to commemorate St George's day.

To enter, simply email your idea to Mark Reckless and he will select the best five entries for consideration. We welcome entries from both individuals and groups, but you must live within the Medway area and must be willing to present your idea in front of members of the Medway Council group. There is no cash prize, but winners will be given full credit for their winning entry.


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