KIRKLEES council chiefs were today asked: Why aren't you doing anything for St George's Day?
Tory councillor Martyn Bolt hit out after learning there were no plans to celebrate next Sunday's date.
But the council's community history services will host an event at Tolson Museum, Moldgreen, on the same day to mark the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi.
Clr Bolt said all cultures should be celebrated - including England's.
And he accused liberal officers of trying to `pander' to people.
He added: "It really annoys me. You won't find anyone in the community who would begrudge celebrating the patron saint of England or an England day.
"Muslims and Sikhs have said to me that the English should do more to celebrate the culture.
"Kirklees have got to get their priorities right.
"Everybody in Kirklees can celebrate St George's Day.
"Not everybody can celebrate Vaisakhi, Eid or anything else.
"While those celebrations are important to those communities, we need to have something that will unite the whole community."
The former mayor of Mirfield, who inaugurated a St George's Day march in his town last year, continued: "Kirklees officers seemed to have dismissed St George's Day.
"I have always seen St George's Day as being more than just a celebration of the man.
"It's a national day for England and the English people."
Clr Bolt called on the English to celebrate their patron saint like people do in Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
He queried an official from community history services about the decision.
He said the response was: "Yes, we did know when we planned this event that it was also St George's Day.
"But the Sunday before was Easter and the Sunday after was over two weeks from Vaisakhi."
He said the officer did concede that "George is a really interesting character".