The Aberdare Carnival, pictured here in 1953, is still run every August Bank Holiday
Every other August bank holiday
weekend since then has seen at least a bit of rain at some point over the three days.
The official May Day falls on May 1, and the May Day bank holiday
- when many of us get a day off work - always falls on first Monday in May.
And it occurred to me that I have no idea who actually gets to be off work on Bank Holidays
Gemma Hiden, chartered town planner for GVA, on behalf of Lidl, said that permission for longer Bank Holiday
opening hours had been requested in the store's original application but it was added in the conditions that it would only be open from 10am until 4pm on Bank Holidays
Should I get any pay on a bank holiday
if I don't work?
These days, more shops seem to be open than closed on bank holidays
and they seem to be on different days in different parts of the country, so it was only going to be a matter of time before the banks followed suit and opened their doors.
Trouble is, there is then no bank holiday
relief until August, which has long struck me as odd.
Like any sane person, the words bank holiday
mean only one thing to me - I will not be going anywhere near a motorway, a train station or an airport this weekend.
The company has reported that around twice the number of people have searched for flights to overseas beach resorts for the bank holiday
weekend, compared to the same time last year, while around five times more people are searching for flights for the August bank holiday
than for the weekend of August 11 to 12, this year.
The special bank holiday
takes place on Tuesday June 5 and comes in addition to the existing bank holiday
the previous day - creating a four-day weekend for many businesses to cope with.
Government figures show that bank holidays
are set to cost the UK economy an extra pounds 2.