Calling all Georges and their dragons

A Cambridgeshire country club is hosting a St George’s Day celebration with a difference and is inviting anyone who shares the patron saint’s name to join them.

Tydd St Giles Golf & Country Club is aiming to have as many Georges as possible in one place at one time on Tuesday, April 23.

Adrian Hurst, Managing Director of Tydd St Giles Golf & Country Club near Wisbech, explained: “We are inviting people who have the first name George to the clubhouse anytime during opening hours on St George’s Day and if they bring proof of their name such as a passport or picture driving licence we will give them a free cup of tea or coffee on the house.

“Ladies with the name Georgina or Georgia will also be entitled to a free drink. Those Georges who bring in a dragon as well will be entered for a draw to win a bottle of bubbly at the end of the day.”

St George is the patron saint of England and legend has it he was responsible for slaying a dragon.

The legends surrounding St George vary. One of them concerns the famous dragon. A pagan town in Libya was being terrorised by a dragon. The locals threw it sheep to keep it at bay but it did not go away.

Then a princess was offered to the beast, but St George came along, killed the dragon and rescued the lady. As a result the townsfolk converted to Christianity.