Another leek from Number 10

But this one's a vegetable.

The Number 10 website has an interesting little section on national holidays and customs within the UK. However, they seem to have little or no knowledge of the origins of Welsh cultural symbols.

Every Welshman knows that we sport the leek on March 1st because St David told his soldiers to wear one in order to identify themselves from the evil invading Saxons during a sixth century battle. Perhaps Downing Street overlook this tale because the Welsh so resoundingly won the fight.

The official UK government suggestion is that the leek's colours of "white over green, echo the ancient Welsh flag". That seems to me like a rubbish reason to be lumbered with an oversized root vegetable on a day of national celebration. If it was purely aesthetic, surely we'd have chosen something more practical!

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posted by Blamerbell @ 9:08 am,


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