The campaign to make St George's Day a bank holiday received a boost this week as London's Mayor Ken Livingstone revealed the capital would be celebrating the day on April 23.
A spokesperson for the Mayor's office told The Publican: "The mayor has gone on the record as saying there are plans to mark St George's Day this year. Although there are no details yet."
This is a huge boost for the campaign, which is run by The Publican and Bedford brewer Charles Wells. By making the day a bank holiday it is estimated that licensees could reap in £14m worth of profits.
Previously the mayor had refused to bow to pressure from campaigners because he said he "does not agree" with marking the English saints day as special.
Sarah McGhie, spokesperson for Charles Wells, said: "It is a positive move. If the capital is marking the day and celebrate we are only a few steps away from getting a bank holiday.
"It is down to all the pubs across the country that have got behind the campaign."