Happy St George's Day!

By Ewan Turney

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The MA would like to wish all of its readers a Happy St George's Day — and would like to know how you are celebrating. View St George's video here.

The Morning Advertiser would like to wish all of its readers a Happy St George's Day.

Pubs across the country will be celebrating England's patron saint today and we would like to know what you are up to.

Here is a round up of what's happening so far:

Marston's

Marston's has roped in the help of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and gorgeous opera divas Elysium to play and sing some rousing tunes to its Pedigree beer.

It hopes the beer will now be full of Englishness and ready to help England regain the Ashes in its cricket series against Australia.

"This is for our boys this summer," said Marston's head brewer Emma Gilleland. "Cask beer is the British national drink. It's part of our nation's DNA. We wanted to make sure everyone who watches the Ashes can literally taste the passion — on field and off.

"We thought we'd instill even more patriotic pride into our brewing through some stirring British music, uplifting British hearts with hope for this summer's action against the Aussies."

View the video of Elsium singing Jerusalem below.

Punch pubs

Punch has encouraged its pubs to take advantage of the celebrations as a welcome boost to trade.

It has sent out 1,300 branded St George's Day kits to its leased estate. "St George's Day is not only a great celebration of our nation's fine traditions, but is the perfect opportunity for us to recognise the value and role of the Great British pub which sits at the the heart of many communities around the country," said Punch's operations director Kevin Georgel.

David Misseldine, licensee of The Bell in Ruislip, is organising a huge community parade involving the Army, Navy and the Lord Mayor of Uxbridge.

"We formed a St George's Day Committee twelve months ago to plan this event as it takes an awful lot of planning.

"We expect to see about 300 people join the parade which is led by a full brass band singing patriotic songs such as Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem.

"It ends with the raising of the St George's Flag by members of the British Legion and serving personnel from the Navy, Army and Air Force based at RAF Norhtholt. The day will also include a barbeque and mystery VIP guest.

"Last year there were over 700 people here in the evening and we raised over £2,500 for the Royal British Legion."

Bombardier's Champion

The Bombardier Champion of England will be announced today from a choice of nine finalists at a St George's Day gala lunch. "Bombardier represents everything that is positive about England, and we want to be able to honour those people who do just that," said brewery boss Paul Wells.

How are you planning to celebrate. Let us know by either hitting Post a comment​ below or email your plans and any photos to Ewan.Turney@william-reed.co.uk​.

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