Should May Day Bank Holiday be scrapped?

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MEON Valley MP George Hollingbery has backed calls to move the May Day Bank Holiday to another date.

The MP, who represents Waterlooville, said he would prefer a national celebration of the Battle of Trafalgar.

It comes as John Penrose, minister for tourism and heritage, recently launched a website for people to discuss options such as moving the day to October or celebrating a patron saint day with a bank holiday earlier in the year.

Mr Hollingbery said: ‘There is often a real glut of bank holidays in April and May, especially if Easter is late just like this year, so I welcome a consultation to find out if people want the May Day Bank Holiday moved.

‘I would welcome a new bank holiday date in the autumn such as Trafalgar Day on October 21 as it would celebrate Britain’s greatest sea victory in 1805.’

Visit culture.gov.uk/consultations/8068.aspx.