By BI: Actually they said the city is “too multicultural” but we know that means there are too many Muslims in the city whose sensibilities might be hurt by a patriotic celebration that features a cross. Bristol City Council allowed the national day to pass without a single event for the patron saint, despite its history dating back to 1222.
UK Express Council chiefs said 91 different languages are spoken in the town and it would be “very difficult to commemorate them all”. Some in the area feel as though the English symbol has been hijacked by far right groups and are concerned about being branded “racist”.
According to the Daily Star Sunday, Kalphna Woolf, founder of 91 Ways to Build a Global City, which aims to unite Bristol’s multicultural communities, said people can be frightened of the white and red St George’s flag.
She said: “There was a point in the past when I’d see the St George’s Day flag flying and it would frighten me, as it had been taken over by ‘we are England’ type groups.” However, Ms Woolf added: “But more and more that flag has been used to unite people in recent years and I am very pleased we live under that one flag.”
While some community-led events were held across the city to mark the occasion, there were no official celebrations.
Dave Williams, who has helped organise a St George’s Day event in Fishponds, Bristol, said the celebration is intended to bring people together. He said: “We know St George’s Day isn’t a bank holiday but it certainly needs acknowledging. “To have something in the heart of the community is very important to us.”
The news was met with disappointment on social media. On Twitter @brooking1980 wrote: “Bristol city council refused to acknowledge St George’s day yesterday for fear of upsetting other faiths. They don’t mind upsetting us.”
St. George flag and bacon sandwiches placed at the Bristol Jamia Mosque, the largest in the south west of England: