Dozens of people joined the mayor today to hoist the St George’s cross up the flagpole in honour of the saint.

Croydon Mayor, Councillor Margaret Mead, was joined by council representatives and members of the public to honour St George.

The ceremony, at 10.30am outside of Taberner House, was followed by traditional English morris dancers performing in the Queen’s Gardens.

St George, thought to be a Roman soldier and priest was immortalised in British tradition after he became one of the country’s patron saints.

Legend has it that St George fought and killed a fire-breathing dragon in what is thought to be ancient Lybia.

This was passed down through generations and resulted in the modern day, popular image of the saint.