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St George’s Day celebration in support of Team George

Celebrating St. George's Day at The Jacksons, Dundas Street, Monkwewarmouth, Sunderland on Wednesday.

Celebrating St. George's Day at The Jacksons, Dundas Street, Monkwewarmouth, Sunderland on Wednesday.

HUNDREDS of city revellers celebrated St George’s Day in the sun.

Scores of customers descended on The Jackson’s pub, Dundas Street, to toast the event with their favourite tipple and don red and white St George Crosses flags, hats and face paint.

Bar manager Kevin ‘Shaky’ Gray said marking St George’s day is an important tradition at the boozer.

“It should be a bank holiday,” he said. “We organise this every year for our friends because they want to celebrate St George.

“The people here have taken the day off work to come down – that’s how much they want to celebrate it.”

Kevin’s son, Lance Corporal Scott Stephenson, of 4th Battalion The Rifles Regiment, who was in Afghanistan on St George’s Day last year, was thrilled to be home for the festivities.

“It is a family tradition to celebrate St George’s Day,” he said. “Everyone celebrates St Patrick’s Day, but why? St George is our patron saint.

“Last year my family sent me pictures of what was happening, and the fact that they were thinking of me on the day was overwhelming.

“I’m pleased to be back this year.”

A collection for Team George was also held, and brave customers made charitable donations to ride a rodeo bull.

 

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