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St Piran's Day holiday put to Government by council

By West Briton  |  Posted: December 08, 2011

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CORNWALL COUNCIL has voted to ask the Government to consider making St Piran's Day a public holiday in Cornwall should it make changes to the May Day Bank Holiday.

The Government has been looking to spread bank holidays more evenly through the year and asked councils for their views.

Cornwall councillors saw it as a chance to make St Piran's Day – March 5 – a public holiday and debated the issue on several occasions.

The Government has been looking at whether to make St George's Day or the first Monday of the October school half-term a holiday.

However, campaigners in Cornwall said it would be more appropriate to have St Piran's Day off to celebrate Cornish culture and heritage.

Councillors were largely supportive but some were concerned about the impact on businesses.

Conservative councillor Steve Double called for more consultation to gauge opinion from businesses and the public.

Some supporters said the move could have economic benefits for Cornwall, with a report from VisitCornwall suggesting it could result in an extra £35 million for the Cornish economy from tourism.

Councillor Fiona Ferguson (Cons) said: "The main figure is not from having St Piran's Day as a holiday but from the rest of the country moving to having a bank holiday in October. That is where the main financial benefit is."

● Please send your views on a St Piran's Day holiday to rwhitehouse@c-dm.co.uk

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