Gazette readers back calls for another Bank Holiday in the UK

Shields Gazette readers have overwhelmingly backed calls for a new UK Bank Holiday.

Gazette readers have overwhelmingly backed calls for a new UK Bank Holiday
Gazette readers have overwhelmingly backed calls for a new UK Bank Holiday

We asked “Do you think there should be another bank holiday between New Year's Day and Good Friday?”

More than 1,100 people voted on our Facebook page, with 70 per cent supporting the proposals and just 30 per cent rejecting it.

No everyone was madly keen, however, with some thinking a day off later in the year would be better and others worried about staff forced to work.

Leanne Ferriday was less than impressed with the idea: “Do people in hospitality not work hard enough in December??” she said.

“Yeah lets throw another bank holiday in so they have even less time with their families.... no no no. People have been complaining about having to work Boxing Day in retail... hospitality don’t get any time off over the festive period.”

Christine Rossiter was also conecrned abut demands on staff and said she only supported the idea: “Providing everyone closes including shops, hotels etc.”

David Jack said: “We should have St George's Day and celebrate being English, welcoming everyone to join in, while Carol Milne thought a day off between ‘August and Christmas’ was a better idea.

Alan Hudson also thought the suggested timing was too early in the year: “Not at that time year but need another one,” he said, while David Richardson argued: “When Brexit is hopefully finally delivered it should be a national public holiday.”