When Should There Be a New Bank Holiday?

Yesterday’s meeting of Cornwall Council was a strange one. For me I came away with feeling unsettled. Hard to explain, but something did not feel right. For a start near 30 Councillors were missing for various reasons, and it gave the feeling of emptiness.

There was a debate on whether to write to the Government as part of its review on changing the May Bank Holiday. For some at Cornwall Council they want St Piran’s Day, the 5th of March to be a Bank Holiday. The problem I have with this is Cornwall Council is making this decision to request this change without any public consultation. In essence a few Councillors got together to summit a motion to council. This was knocked back to Scrutiny who were split on the idea before it was brought back to full council.

My understanding is the Government wants to replace this existing May Bank Holiday with one later on in the year. Sounds logical to me as presently we do seem to have a lot of holidays crammed into one period. The question is should Cornwall have a different bank Holiday to other parts of England? If so, how will that affect business and tourism? More importantly, the public of Cornwall should be consulted before this decision is made by Cornwall Council to lobby Central Government.

After near 90 minutes of debate the decision was deferred because the report on the whole matter was poor and lots of important information was missing, or excluded.

For the record, as an ex-naval man my personal choice for the new Bank Holiday would be on the 21st October. If the Royal Navy had lost that battle we would more than likely be singing La Marseillaise.

What’s yours?

18 comments

  • Anonymous

    For Cornish people there is no question that St Piran's Day should be a public holiday for us.
    It would, I believe, help Cornish people feel more confident with their culture.
    What the English do is a matter for them.

  • Anonymous

    What are you on about "more confident in their culture".

    It might be a nice thing to have but industry would suffer because they (the Cornish ones) would be working when the rest of the country is off and vice versa.

    daft idea if you ask me. Go for something later in the year and lets have a break somewhere between September and December.

  • Anonymous

    I see some problems with a Cornish v England bank holiday. For those in SE Cornwall there is a chance that a family will be split as some will have to take the English Bank Holiday if they work across the Tamar.

    Some have fixed holidays so won't have the luxury of taking an extra day.

    Similarly, national companies operating in Cornwall will take the English Bank Holiday (banks, possibly) to ensure continuity across their national operations.

    The debate that there are two many holidays at the start of the year is also a good one, which is why St Georges day has been rejected.

    Trafalgar day is a nicely positioned day without the nationalist (if still somewhat jingoistic) flavour.

    and nowt wrong with that. I'll be singing along with the last might of he proms.

  • Gill Martin

    I think whatever day we have in Cornwall, it would be beneficial for it to be different from the rest of the country. Bank holiday travelling etc is not practical when the whole country have the same days. It would also help eliminate the practice of hiking charges up. Some people choose a holiday week/days to include a bank holiday.

  • Gill Martin

    Yes I have to say, I would rather sing Trelawney.

  • Anonymous

    Every Friday and Monday would be nice 😉

  • Gill Martin

    If they had it on October 31st, then I would have time to go out on my broom stick for Halloween. Alternatively, they could have two different days used alternate years, March the 5th and October 21st just to confuse people. Not that it would take much to confuse some executive level Cornwall Councillors.

  • Anonymous

    How about Trelawney Day

  • Gill Martin

    How could anyone even have considered St Georges day in order to reject it. I cannot understand why there is a bench in Helston Coronation Park, representing St George and the dragon.

  • Anonymous

    You cant understand why there is a bench etc,mmm,why not try and find out,who knows you might learn something about the history of the area you live in.

  • Jen Pearce

    They should have it Nov 5th to remind us all how rubbish the government is.

  • Gill Martin

    Anon, yes I know why it is there. What I should have said, is I do not agree with the reason it is there. Regards learning something about the history of the area I live in, I can give you the history of Porthleven and Mullion and most of Helston and Camborne, back to the second world war. In addition, bits of the 18th century. Sorry if that isn't good enough.

  • Jen Pearce

    Re anon, yeah Gill, what you been doing in Cornwall for the last 26 years, apart from supporting all the charities anonymously and voluntary driving and bringing up two children. Maybe you would have been better sticking your head in a history book on St George and the poxy dragon. (I know you will have the serious hump Gill with this comment, but I am fed up with anon people judging you when they know nothing about you, like the anon email you got telling you not to comment on here.) Well they wont shut me up.

  • Gill Martin

    Jen, since when has it been St George and the poxy dragon lol. (I only wondered how they got my email address, I'm not bothered with the comments) I can certainly give you some recent history on the bench that is no longer in the car park in Helston. Someone obviously did not agree with that being there so they took it travelling.

  • Gill Martin

    Oh yes, and before anyone states the obvious. Of course I agree with reason that the bench is in the park for people to sit on.

  • Anonymous

    Is this a private conversation between members of the Martin clan,or can anyone join in?
    Andy ,please dont let this couple take over your blog,they dont live in Porthleven or Helston but seem to have the need to comment on anything and everything,they already monopolise the letters page of the local papers,dont let them take over here,

  • Jen Pearce.

    Yes we get the message. Fair point about irrelevant comments, but you cannot expect to pick fault in someone and not expect them to defend themselves.(re anon bench) As for the paper, I write very rarely. Gill writes often, but if the editor dosn't like it, he is not obliged to print it. It is a free country. Gills big mistake was not to be cowardly enough to have done everything anonymous from the start.(with the exception of charities) So I will leave all you brave anonymous people to get on with it.

  • Gill Martin

    Re, Anon, I am not into retaliation for my own account, for me it serves no purpose, but I will state a few facts. I concede regarding the irrelevant comments, that is easily rectified. However, I fail to see your logic on refraining from commenting on wider issues. I do not spend my time sitting in one location all day, therefore issues that arise outside the area of which one resides, are of interest. With reference to your comment on the papers yet again, you clearly do not comprehend the true meaning of monopolize. I feel you have a control/possessive issue, and indeed would like to limit the subjects on which one is to respond to, on that basis, I will leave the commenting on here to you, as it will clearly enhance your frame of mind.

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