But undaunted, East Surrey press on to provide some entertainment and light relief amidst the diluvian conditions in Carshalton, at one of our favourite watering holes, The Hope. (Although, looking at the picture, clearly some people were still disappointed there would be no dancing…!)
“And why,” I was asked in the pub that evening, “Is it that everyone makes so much about St Patrick but does nothing for St George?”
“Well…” I offered tentatively, “It may be not so much a sign of the veneration proffered the respective beatified personages as to slick marketing by Guinness…” Although I had hoped a more low-brow refutation was available in the form of the plastic, St George’s bowler hat I was wearing.
Either way, East Surrey Morris Men are proud to play their part in honouring the Saint who is coming more and more to represent not England’s war interests but her identity in a multi-cultural world.