FLAGS were flying for St George’s Day yesterday.
Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Batley and Cleckheaton town halls hoisted the red and white cross to show their English pride.
St George’s flag-themed cakes went down a treat in Holmfirth town centre.
Proud Yorkshireman Jason McCartney teamed up with Greg Christofi from Old Bridge Bakery to make a huge tray of 70 cakes.
Conservative parliamentary candidate Jason said: "They really sold like hot cakes.
"We got a fantastic response from passers-by, many of which were tourists.
"I think it’s really important that people celebrate their national day."
Passers-by were asked to make a donation to Yorkshire Air Ambulance and £35 was raised for the charity.
Meanwhile, staff from Sainsbury’s on Market Street dressed up in red and white to raise money for The Nerve Centre.
Sue Hampshire, deputy store manager, said the staff had lots of fun.
She thought it was good to be patriotic and the customers responded well.
Huddersfield Tourist Information Office held a coffee morning at the soon-to-close Albion Street building.
While Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre pushed the boat out with a huge dragon welcoming people into the centre.
The dragon was created by children at Holmfirth and Lydgate infant and junior schools.
The centre hosted a colouring competition for children in conjunction with Holmfirth Library.
Flags were on sale throughout the day for people to buy.
Members of the RAF Association went to the aptly-named George Hotel for a St George’s Day luncheon.
Twenty-nine people arrived for the event in the grade II listed Victorian hotel.
Ex RAF members included Frank Smith, Colin Gower, Rich Broadbent, Tom Brumfield, Tony Bailey and Mike Ainley.
On Saturday, April 25, a prayer meeting will mark St George’s Day at St Patrick’s Church on New North Road.
Holmfirth town parade will take place at 10.30am on Sunday, April 26.
Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York has called for St George’s Day to be made a public holiday to celebrate the patron saint of England.