Forget St George and his dragon-slaying, maiden-rescuing activities.

A poll of more than 7,000 MySpace users has revealed they would prefer gay celebrity Stephen Fry to be the patron saint of England.

There are few hard facts about the life of St George – legend has it he was born in Nicomedia (modern day Turkey) and was a Roman soldier, a member of the guard of the 4th century Emperor Diocletian.

Not only is he not English, he is also the patron saint of Lithuania, Portugal, Greece, Georgia and Palestine.

Mr Fry, on the other hand, is full of facts – his obsessive Twittering means we know as much about his life as we care to.

And he is the regarded as one of the most archetypal Englishmen on the planet.

Unsurprisingly the majority of those MySpace poll participants think that today, April 23rd, St George’s Day, should be an English bank holiday.

Mr Fry has yet to Twitter about his possible new role as patron saint of England.

He certainly has an audience – to date there are more than 442,000 people following his posts.