Should the ‘Roast beef of Old England’ be restored as the English anthem?
Here’s an important (?) poll about what an English National Anthem should be, reblogged from Keith Flett’s blog..
I voted for Other (The Blaydon Races) …
Should the ‘Roast Beef of Old England’ be restored as English anthem
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins may have a point in bringing a bill to the Commons to replace God Save the Queen at sporting events where the England team plays with a specifically English anthem.
The national anthem, God Save the Queen or King, first became common in the 1790s when ‘Church and King’ mobs backed by sailors were keen to oppose radicals who supported the French Revolution.
The traditional English anthem had been the Roast Beef of Old England, and the playing of the new national anthem did not always go down well. A riot took place in Sheffield in 1812 when naval officers insisted it was played at a theatrical performance.
Mr Perkins, not to be confused with Harry Perkins in Chris Mullins a Very British Coup novel, is a supporter of hard right group Progress in…
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