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- Ed Baker
St George Sales Boost
We anticipate that sales of St George flags ahead of England’s national day on April 23 are likely to be higher than any previous year.
Sales are shooting up because England are also playing in the World Cup this summer.
Pubs, hotels, businesses and individuals are ordering tens of thousands of St George-themed goods to use on both occasions.
Already sales of St George goods have outstripped those of St Patrick, usually the biggest seller of all the home nations’ saints.
When England reach the finals of major football tournaments sales of the St George-themed goods always rise sharply.
Nick Peek said: “Sales of St George flags have been rising for nine or ten years.
“St George’s Day has grown into a far larger event than it used to be and the English seem more at home celebrating their Englishness.
“In a year when England are also in the finals of a football tournament sales explode. We anticipate that we’ll sell more St George Cross goods this year than ever before.
- Ed Baker
St Patrick's and Peeks
St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is for obvious reasons synonymous with the Emerald Isle – even though he was WELSH!
Experts believe the birthplace of the saint was likely to be in Strathclyde in Scotland – a Welsh-speaking area at the time in the fifth century. Others think he hailed from St David’s in Pembrokeshire.
What is certain is that he wasn’t Irish. When he was a teenager he was captured from his home in Great Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland. He escaped, returned to his family then became a cleric and returned to the country where he had ben enslaved.
By the seventh century he had become the patron saint of Ireland. However, the most important thing about him is his legacy – St Patrick’s Day on March 17.
It is a date that Peeks has been observing for over 60 years. And this year we have a host of green-themed goodies to make any party go with a swing.
Our leprechauns have been busy stocking our massive party store with everything green, ready for the big day that is celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world.
Guinness, that famous Irish drink, is famously good for you, and so is a trip to Peeks or a browse of our website.We have everything; balloons, banners, hats, party packs and shamrocks. There is bunting, flags, tableware, fancy dress, clovers and green glitter.
The morning after a St Patrick’s Day party, any thirsty Irishman will be sure to be sore.
So join in the fun with Peeks