Red and white festivities to toast St George in Sunderland

Shaky Gray with his customers at The Jacksons pub, Dundas Street, Roker, celebrating St George's Day.

Shaky Gray with his customers at The Jacksons pub, Dundas Street, Roker, celebrating St George's Day.

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A PATRIOTIC pub revelled in traditional celebrations during the feast of St George.

The Jackson’s, in Lower Dundas Street, decorated the building inside and out with the St George Cross yesterday, and hosted festivities in his honour.

Elaine Brand, bar manager, said the celebrations are a long tradition.

“We have been doing this for the last seven years,” she said.

“The customers always enjoy it and this is their day. The people who come in here don’t usually take part in St Patrick’s Day, they celebrate St George because he is the English saint.”

The pub, which is painted in the colours of the St George Cross – red and white – hung decorations, and customers donned flags and hats bearing the cross.

“We are the only pub to really have St George’s celebrations I think,” said Elaine.

“We were busy since about 10am in the morning and stayed busy through till the night.

“We always get a good response from the customers.”

Young and old alike flocked to the watering hole to toast the Saint, who was born in what is now Eastern Turkey in AD 270.

“We always get a mix of young and old people in,” said Elaine.

“They all celebrate the same, there’s no difference because of age. They are all just British, celebrating St George together.”