Calls for extra bank holiday for Brits in September after miserable May washout

Tourism and hospitality chiefs have called for an extra bank holiday in September after miserable weather blighted the long weekend in May.

Wet and windy conditions disappointed Brits across the country, with boozers forced to huddle under umbrellas in pub gardens and others opting to just stay at home.

Following the easing of Covid restrictions, it was only the second bank holiday that most tourist businesses had been open for since the introduction of lockdowns.

Bernard Donoghue, director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (Alva), has called for another bank holiday to “help repair our balance sheets” after a disastrous 2020.

He told The Independent: “We know tourism was hit first, hit hardest and will take the longest to recover.

“A bank holiday weekend will typically generate 15 and 18% of annual income.”

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UK Hospitality, tweeted that another bank holiday would be “a boost to business, the economy, jobs and investment”.

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Brits are desperate to get back into pubs – but boozers aren’t set to reopen until May 17.

Alastair Kerr, who represents the Campaign for Pubs, told MailOnline: “We believe that the Government should have put in a contingency plan in place, to allow pubs to open up their inside areas instead, however it did not happen and as such many pubs remained closed on Monday.

“Pubs have faced the worst 15 months of trading in their history and as such missed many Bank Holiday trading days.

“Any opportunity to regain a Bank Holiday would be welcomed by many in the hospitality sector, as for many pubs, it is a well-needed economic boost in quieter times.”

The next bank holiday Brits can look forward to falls in the last three days of the month, from May 29-31.

The Queen has already set aside an extra bank holiday in 2022 to mark her Platinum Jubilee.

It will be marked with a "once-in-a-generation show" over a special four-day Bank Holiday weekend, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden earlier announced.

On February 6, 2022, the Queen will have reigned as monarch for 70 years – the first time a British sovereign will have been on the throne for seven decades.

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A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "The Platinum Jubilee offers an opportunity for the Queen to express her thanks for the support and loyalty Her Majesty has received throughout her reign.

“The Queen hopes that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to join the celebrations."

The Culture Secretary added: "Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee will be a truly historic moment – and one that deserves a celebration to remember."

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