Greene King said it would urge all of its pub managers to apply for bar extensions on St George's Day and lobby the government to mark the day as a special event, after a court refused a licensee an extension for the occasion. Tony Bennett, the manager of the Otter in Drayton, Norwich, was told by a clerk his application to open until midnight on 23 April was likely to be refused as St George's Day was not listed as a special event. Bennett was eventually granted the extension, after he agreed to host fundraising activities on the day and drop any mention of St George. "It seems the authorities are not allowing us to express our Englishness," said Bennett, who added he had received support from all over the country. Greene King plans to distribute petitions calling for the prime minister to make St George's Day a national holiday. Adam Collet, marketing director, said: "We are calling for all companies and brands to work together to lobby the government."