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Bank Holiday

The term for a public holiday in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. As the term implies, banks are closed on bank holidays, as are many other businesses. Employees who work on bank holidays often are paid extra. Bank holidays may or may not coincide with cultural or religious festivals.
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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.
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.