Extra bank holiday to mark 75th anniversary of Liberation Day in Jersey

Jersey will celebrate a second bank holiday in May 2020 for Liberation Day.

The 75th anniversary of the end of the island's occupation will be marked by an extra public holiday on Friday 8 May.

The States Assembly voted 39-0 in favour of the proposal that a 'one off' bank holiday be held on the same week as the early May bank holiday on Monday 4.

Chief Minister John Le Fondre, who made the proposal in the States Assembly, argued that the anniversary deserves special commemoration to celebrate the freedom that was returned to Jersey following the occupation.

While Saturday 9 May will also be treated as a bank holiday, it will not carry over to Monday 11 September.

There will be no bank holiday on Monday 4 May in Guernsey, but they will also have a three day weekend to celebrate Liberation Day on Saturday 9 May.

In the UK, the early May bank holiday will move to Friday 8 May in 2020 to coincide with VE Day.