English “exiles” now resident in Northern Ireland met at the St George’s Society dinner in the Grand Central Hotel, Belfast, last night. A distinguished guest was Lieutenant-Colonel C Jarrott OBE, representing London headquarters.
After the loyal toasts had been honoured, Lieut-Colonel Sir Wilfred Spender said they were in the capital of a Province that treated Englishmen well and gave them a welcome that made them feel at home.
Sir Wilfred urged the Secretary to do something to shake the complacency of the Englishmen. The world was not a Garden of Eden, full of red and white roses, from which St Patrick had banished the snakes. There was plenty of work still to be done. The country had muddled through one great war; it was too much to expect Providence to help it to muddle through another war.
Lieut-Colonel C Jarrott said that as an Englishman he was proud of the patriotic spirit that had always been shown by Northern Ireland, and he believed the bonds of fellowship that existed between England and Ulster would never be broken.
Emphasising the need for England having a strong army and navy, Colonel Jarrott said that an England strong and secure was a guarantee of peace.
There was, Colonel Jarrott observed, one thing which Ulster could do to help to safeguard England and that was to grow more farm produce, which could be shipped to England.