Ring out the bells everywhere it is St George’s Day … the bell ringers of Worcestershire are ready with a peal to celebrate this special day. Worcester Cathedral is to ring out its bells several times this day in celebration and have asked all bell ringers to join in.
It is also the beginning of the English Asparagus Season (23rd April) – this is celebrated in Evesham, Worcestershire and the crop to be picked today will be in the shops by tomorrow. The asparagus season is very short lived but it is a worthy vegetable to grow as it is a perennial and so only has to be planted once and can be harvested forevermore!
Shakespeare wrote the famous call … “Cry God for Harry! England and St George” and today is also William Shakespeare’s birthday.
Remarkable fact: William Shakespeare was born 23rd April 1564
and died 23rd April 1616
Factoid extra ... The St George Cross which is now the official national flag of England it is said was first created in Evesham, Worcestershire during the 13th century. It is alleged that it was taken from the uniform that the English soldiers wore during the Crusades.
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