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Time to move over Paddy, this patron saint slays dragons

April 27th, 2012 1:31 pm| by admin

Monday was St George’s Day and the place to be was St Nikolai Restaurant and Pub on Nikolajgade in the city centre where firstly a dragon was slain, and then afterwards multiple servings of traditional English cask ale and cider. Adding to the excitment was The Copenhagen Post’s Ben Hamilton's promise to give free pints to the first four readers to greet him with a copy of the current issue.

Pictured here are John and Catherine – Californians no less but still

enjoying the proceedings


Somewhere near Strøget, a dragon has snatched a damsel

King Arthur (err, stay with us folks) is not amused

Tally ho, it’s St George – all will be saved now

“Save me, save me, Georgie boy”

Moving in for the kill

The dragon’s getaway vehicle was a red English icon

Pub landlord Martin Popplewell draws the winning email address

(bizarrely, Dean won and he doesn’t have an email) with the help of his

damsel-in-distress, Nadia Doherty, from expat food shop Abigails (www.nks.dk)

on Peder Hvitfeldts Stræde 17 in the city centre. “We hire out,” said her colleague

Sarah Anderson. “So if anyone needs a damsel”


The provider of the horses for the day was ‘Art of Action’ (www.artofaction.dk),

which specialises in stunts and stage fighting. Pictured here are Bo Thomas,

‘Confitera’ (which Bo explained is Spanish for candy woman, if that makes

any sense), and Tania (she’s St George not the horse!)


Rikke Høst spent over a decade living in Taunton, the world’s HQ of quality

cider, but three years ago she returned to her homeland, with new husband

Duncan McArthur in tow, to launch Traditional Cider Import (www.ciderimport.dk),

a distributor of the finest Somerset ciders, which were available for multiple tastings


Dave Plowright moved to Copenhagen three years ago following his marriage

to his English wife Rosemary. There were no arguments – she’s lived here 40 years


Teaching her daughter Serina all things English was Karen Villadsen,

whose lived here 25 years, and on the right is Annie Hansen, who's been

here seven years since moving from Michigan


Discovering there’s more to beer than Carlsberg were Denmark’s Natalia and Jimmy

And saying a big hola from Spain were senoritas Celia Torralba and Maria Macias

All photos by Clive Thain.