The UK is gearing up to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. In June the UK is set for a four day weekend. And, if that wasn’t good enough news, what if we told you that the bank holiday could be set to be a permanent fixture in the UK’s calendar.
That’s got you in the mood, right? Usually, we’d have to wait until August for the next bank holiday after May. But we may be able to let loose a little earlier if this June bank holiday were to become a thing. There are calls to make at least one of these days a new annual holiday.
Industry experts led by investor, entrepreneur and one of the Dragons from BBC’s Dragon’s Den, Deborah Meaden, believe that the extra permanent day off would be a welcome boost to the retail and hospitality sectors both of which suffered most due to the pandemic.
There is also interest from these experts to have the bank holiday on a Friday, over the usually Monday bank holiday, as they believe it would limit the impact on the economy.
The letter asking for the new bank holiday also features the backing of the Trades Union Congress and the chairman of the Campaign for Real Ale, and many other high-profile industry leaders.
Brendan Cox, who is also leading the campaign, said: “The last two years have been tough for us all, but we have also seen what we can do when we pull together.
“This is a brilliant, warm, generous country and no one represents that better than our Queen. So what better way to mark the Platinum Jubilee than with a new permanent Thank Holiday – an annual opportunity to come together and celebrate what makes our communities great.”