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CALLS FOR ST DAVID'S DAY TO BE PUBLIC HOLIDAY

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There were calls today for St David's Day to be made a public holiday in Wales, reports The Western Mail (p1). ...
There were calls today for St David's Day to be made a public holiday in Wales, reports The Western Mail (p1).

The precedent for different public holidays for the component parts of the UK has already been established. Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own bank holidays, so why not Wales? the paper asks.

The advent of devolution, another example of the maturing of a nation, now provides a wonderful opportunity to turn long-standing calls for the creation of a public holiday into a reality, it continues.

There is a majority of political will to bring it about. And while the national assembly is unable to legislate for it, our 60 elected members can lobby the UK government extremely hard.

Meanwhile, a new organisation will today launch an official campaign to remember Welsh hero Owain Glyndwr with a holiday. This year, 16 September will mark the 600th anniversary of the proclamation of Glyndwr as prince of Wales and the beginning of a 16-year Welsh war of independence.

Embassy Glyndwr, an organisation set up to promote knowledge of the Welsh figure and the war of independence which he led, has called for the people of Wales of celebrate the event nationally.

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