TAMESIDE civic leaders have called on the government to make St George's Day a public holiday, when they delivered a petition to Downing Street.
Earlier this year the streets of Tameside were ablaze with sound and colour, as shoppers, residents and businesses took to the streets to celebrate the patron saint of England.
The Royal British Legion handed out silk roses to mark the occasion. And town criers, bell ringers and brass bands ensured the day didn't go by unnoticed.
Meanwhile Tameside Council launched a petition calling for April 23 to become a Bank Holiday. And it was signed by more than 11,000 people.
Earlier this week Cllr Jackie Lane, assistant executive member for heritage and tourism was joined by the three Tameside MPs - Jonathan Reynolds, Andrew Gwynne and David Heyes - to hand in the petition to Number 10.
Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said: "Public holidays are a valuable way of uniting us all together. And I was pleased to support Tameside's campaign for an extra holiday to celebrate this national day.
"In England we do have fewer public holidays than other countries. And I do think it would be a positive move to bring us in line with our European neighbours.
"A national holiday on St George's Day would be an additional date on the calendar when families would get to spend precious time together. And when increasing numbers of us are having to work late into the night or throughout the weekend that is increasingly important.
"Thousands of people across Tameside have said that they think this would be a good idea - and I hope that David Cameron takes note."
The petition was handed in to officials at 10 Downing Street at 2pm on Tuesday November 19, 2010.
Published October 21,2010.