Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Not a Dragon in Sight

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Not a Dragon in Sight

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Byline: By Daniel Cochlin

The streets of Newcastle were taken back into the middle ages by a patriotic group of revellers yesterday.

Horse-drawn carts, flaxen haired maidens and a crusader armed with the cross of St George rode through the city to demand a national holiday for the English.

To celebrate St George's day, horseman Simon Doxfield, 18, of Tulip Close, Winlaton, donned a tabard and chainmail vest to lead a 30-strong procession of proud Englishmen and women to Newcastle's castle keep.

Astride his trusty steed Sheba, the teenager, who wants to go into the armed forces, called for an English national holiday for the patron saint's day.

His friend John Robson, who organised the parade, said: "We are English and we should be proud to be. I'm delighted so many people have joined in and offered their support. St George's Day is our day and every year the celebrations are getting better."

The self-employed developer, 51, from California, Winlaton, Gateshead, said the English had been made to feel bad about themselves for too long. …

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