Monday, 7 March 2011

Muir opposes abolition of May Day Bank Holiday

Holywood May Pole

I call upon government to keep the May Day Bank Holiday after the UK Government outlined plans to abolish the holiday and create a new Bank Holiday on either Trafalgar Day in October or St George's Day and St David's Day in England and Wales .

May Day is a well established Bank Holiday. Events and festivities have been taking place across Northern Ireland on this day for many years including Belfast City Marathon and the Annual May Day Festival in Holywood town centre which attracts thousands every May Day. 


I understand that the Assembly will have the final say whether the bank holiday should be abolished and hope they will leave things unchanged. 


Government should be focused on helping businesses grow and encouraging more tourists to visit Northern Ireland rather than messing around with Bank Holidays and threatening the future of Holywood's May Day Festival.

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