Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, joined Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and fellow Essex MP Eric Pickles to celebrate St Cedds Day.
St Cedd is patron saint of Essex and represents many of the values that have come to be synonymous with the County.
The patron saint was an Anglo-Saxon monk and bishop, instrumental in bringing Christianity to Essex. He also helped to resolve problems in the Church of England and built various monasteries around the County, one of which – Tilaburg – was probably built in East or West Tilbury.
The local MP commented: “I imagine that St Cedds Day will go unmarked throughout Essex, many don’t know we even have a patron saint, but St Cedds Day provides a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all that is great about Essex. The people of Essex are known for their self-reliance, their directness, and their entrepreneurial spirit – all of which are qualities St Cedd would have embodied.”
“I am extremely proud to be from Essex and to represent an Essex constituency – I hope the people of South Basildon and East Thurrock are too and I hope to see St Cedds day celebrated more widely in the years to come!”