Search

Should Monday be a Bank Holiday if England win the World Cup?

PUBLISHED: 16:21 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 07:59 12 July 2018

More than 100,000 have signed a petition calling for a Bank Holiday if England win the World Cup Picture: Antony Kelly

More than 100,000 have signed a petition calling for a Bank Holiday if England win the World Cup Picture: Antony Kelly

Archant Norfolk 2018

A petition calling for a bank holiday if England wins the World Cup has gathered tens of thousands of signatures.

The appeal on the Parliament website said a bank holiday is needed because if England are victorious then Monday will “not be pleasant” for fans.

Parliament considers all petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures for a debate, and as of Tuesday afternoon the petition had more than 140,000 signatures.

“If England win the World Cup, the Monday should be made a bank holiday for 2018. We need this for all those supporting England as the next day will not be pleasant for all fans,” the petition said.

The TUC supports the introduction of a bank holiday, with the general secretary saying that workers in the UK are “entitled” to it.

Football fan and Arsenal supporter Frances O’Grady said: “We have fewer bank holidays than most of Europe - only Romanians have less of a break.

“Workers in the UK put in billions of hours of unpaid overtime every year. They should be entitled to a day off if England win the World Cup.

“Allowing fans to celebrate is not going to crash the economy. Come on England!”

It is already known that Jeremy Corbyn wants the whole UK to get a day off if Gareth Southgate’s team emulates the heroes of 1966.

Earlier this month, a senior Labour spokesman said: “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but I think it is the case that Jeremy believes that if England were to win the World Cup there should be a public bank holiday in celebration.”

The spokesman said any bank holiday would have to come soon after the match and would cover the whole of the UK, and not just England.

“The World Cup is a very special international competition,” he said.

“It’s something that brings people together on a very large scale and we need recognition of that and recognition of the importance of football in the country.”

Other news

Yesterday, 18:02

A convicted killer “goaded” prison officers at a Norfolk jail to enter his cell before launching a violent attack on staff who were left fearing for their safety, a court has heard.

Yesterday, 12:30

With summer swiftly fading and October well on its way, thoughts are turning to this year’s bonfire night, and where to see the region’s top firework displays.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Megan Baxter is a keen gymnast, she trains 19 hours a week and has won numerous county competitions - and she is only eight-years-old.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

After four miscarriages, Tyler Lily Iris Manthorpe was to be Jade Nicholles’s and Craig Manthorpe’s miracle child.

Most Read

Sunday, October 14, 2018

After four miscarriages, Tyler Lily Iris Manthorpe was to be Jade Nicholles’s and Craig Manthorpe’s miracle child.

Read more
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Yesterday, 18:02

A convicted killer “goaded” prison officers at a Norfolk jail to enter his cell before launching a violent attack on staff who were left fearing for their safety, a court has heard.

Read more
Wales
Yesterday, 12:30

With summer swiftly fading and October well on its way, thoughts are turning to this year’s bonfire night, and where to see the region’s top firework displays.

Read more
Charles Burrell Centre
Sunday, October 14, 2018

Megan Baxter is a keen gymnast, she trains 19 hours a week and has won numerous county competitions - and she is only eight-years-old.

Read more
Friday, October 12, 2018

One in three Norfolk children are finishing primary school obese or overweight, new figures reveal.

Read more
NHS

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 11°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Thetford and Brandon e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Thetford and Brandon Times weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy