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Hundreds of patriots take part in this year's St George's Day parade in Nottingham.
Hundreds have shown up to take part in this year's St George's Day celebrations in Nottingham.
St George's Day celebrations are already underway in Birmingham as hundreds of people attend the festivities in Victoria Square.
The celebration kicks off with a free concert followed by a fundraising charity concert in Symphony Hall in support of Troop Aid later on tonight.
A director at organisation British Future says the rest of the country now needs to 'catch up' after research into 'Englishness' released today found that the West Midlands is the only region where most people can name the date of St George's Day.
Perhaps it's pride in being the birthplace of Shakespeare, maybe it's being at England's geographical heart - people in the West Midlands topped the poll for pride and patriotism in St George.
What we're asking is how can the rest of the country now catch up? The answer has to be doing more to celebrate St George's Day as an inclusive festival of England today that can bring people together.
The MP for Stratford-upon-Avon, Nadhim Zahawi, is spearheading calls for St George’s Day, which is also William Shakespeare’s birthday, to become an officially recognised Bank Holiday.
The Conservative Member of Parliament, who has previously backed areas of English heritage, attempted to put forward a bill in the House of Commons to make St George’s Day a Bank Holiday back in 2010, but the bill was withdrawn and failed to progress further.
The move comes after research revealed today that only 40% of English people can name the exact date of St George's Day.
A new study released today has found that the West Midlands is the only region where most people can name the date of St George’s Day, with 50% able to name the date exactly.
The celebratory day, which honours the patron saint on 23 April each year, marks the traditionally accepted date of Saint George's death.
However, research found that on average only 40% of English people can name the day, while 71% of people know that US Independence Day falls on the 4 July, and 42% are aware that St Patrick’s Day is on 17 March.
While the West Midlands topped the list, others faltered, with just 36% knowing the date in London and 37% in Yorkshire. 74% of people in the West Midlands also know when US Independence Day is, while 41% know the date of St Patrick's Day.
Today marks the first day of the new asparagus season, and for the farmers in the Vale of Evesham who grow much of the country's asparagus, it's a day to celebrate.
Organisers of the British Asparagus Festival want more people to eat the vegetable.
The largest St George's flag in England has been placed across the front of the Council House in Nottingham today in celebration of St George's Day.
To mark the occasion, the city hosted a lunch time concert in the Old Market Square with artists playing traditional English Music.