Should England have its own national anthem?
SHOULD England have its own national anthem? Scotland has one and Wales has their own.
Now critics say God Save The Queen is only appropriate for British sporting events like the Olympics, rather than English football and rugby games.
MPs and academics have written to the Government to say treating the anthem as English is wrong and have suggested Jerusalem, by Gloucestershire composer Hubert Parry, or Land of Hope and Glory as suitable alternatives.
But city MP Richard Graham has spoken against the campaign, calling on all the home countries to unite under the national anthem.
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He said: "I think we should all consider ourselves part of the UK and the idea of creating a new national anthem for England could be seen as divisive.
"That does not mean, however, that we should lose our identity as English and I think we should have a bank holiday to mark St George's Day. We cannot afford a brand new bank holiday, but I think the May Day celebrations should be moved to St George's Day instead."
When asked if there should be an additional bank holiday for St George's Day, Citizen online readers voted conclusively for the idea – with 76 per cent in favour and 24 against.
Mr Graham added that Land and Hope and Glory would be appropriate for St George's Day, but not as a national anthem.
In Gloucester, residents were keen to have their say.
Mrs M Hughes, 67, of Tredworth, said: "We have got used to the national anthem and I think we would miss it of it changed."
And Matson-based Wade Williams, 68, said he thought the national theme was something the country should be proud of.
He said: "As far as I am concerned, God Save The Queen is English and should stay English."
Clint Thomas, 34, of Tuffley, said: "They may as well keep the national anthem as it is because there does not seem a need to change it."
But student Kate Lapidge, 17, of Stonehouse, thought it should change as she believes the anthem doesn't reflect the UK's multi-cultural society.
Amwne Musaheb, 62, of London Road, added: "The national anthem has such a long history in this country that it will be a shame to change it."
But Alex Mahoney, 27, of Linden, added England should have its own anthem, but Land and Hope and Glory is perhaps too associated with the armed forces.