ST GEORGE’S day in Cirencester proved to be an understated affair with only a handful of St George’s Crosses displayed throughout the town.

The Parish Church, the town hall, Encore on Blackjack Street, Cotswold District Council and the Bathurst estate made the effort to fly the English flag but the majority of people in the town chose not to celebrate openly.

Bob McNally, CDC spokesman said the authority was displaying the flag because “We just thought it was an appropriate thing to do, as it’s in line with government guidelines”. Dyer Street mustered some enthusiasm with a flag outside the town hall and the promise of a free pint of cider inside the Bear Inn, but at least one member of staff was unsure if St George’s day was indeed today.

Cirencester’s Parish Church flies the flag on St George’s day and observes several other occasions religiously, flying a range of flags throughout the year. Their St George’s Cross bears the insignia of the Diocese of Gloucester, a pair of crossed keys on a field of dark blue.

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