Monday, 2 May 2011


Bank Holidays in the UK – like London ‘buses you wait for one to turn up and three come along in quick succession!

In reality the number of holidays in the UK is relatively small compared to that in many other European countries. There are laws that allow the dates of bank holidays to be changed, or other holidays to be declared, for example to celebrate special occasions.

There will be a special bank holiday in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The 2012 late May bank holiday will be moved to Monday 4 June 2012 and an additional Jubilee bank holiday will be on Tuesday 5 June 2012.

The May Day bank holiday could be scrapped and replaced by either a St George's Day break on 23rd April or a Trafalgar Day on 21st October under UK Government plans to boost tourism. Why not have both? Tourism Minister John Penrose said moving the May Day holiday could bring benefits for the economy.

By switching the break to St George's Day on April 23rd the tourist season would get off to an earlier start - while pushing it back to the October half term would elongate it (the tourism season). Why scrap the May Day bank holiday – when a better solution is to add an additional bank holiday in October? Trafalgar Day... why not?

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