We want extra day for Queen’s Jubilee

THIS year’s extra bank holiday seems like a chance to put your feet up, have a longer rest and relax.

But a third of companies in the region say the day off to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee on Tuesday, June 5, will be bad for business.

A quarterly survey that canvasses the views of business owners in the East Midlands showed that 38 per cent of firms are unhappy about the bank holiday.

They were worried that they would lose a day’s trade and that if they did open, they would have to pay staff double time or give them an extra day off.

But people in our county said they were happy about the holiday and claimed managers should get into the spirit of the jubilee.

Corby town centre manager Daniel Pickard said that the extra day off was great news for trade. He said: “We do very well on bank holidays as we’re a destination shopping centre.

“Mondays and Tuesdays are our quietest days of the week normally so it will hopefully bring a lot more people into the town centre.

“We have lots of events on the day to help keep people entertained.

“There are going to be workshops where children can come along and make crowns and on the Sunday beforehand we’ll have a street party.

“Along with the Queen’s visit to Corby in June we think that the jubilee will benefit Corby enormously.”

The late May holiday will be moved back to Monday, June 4, with the Queen’s Jubilee holiday on June 5 meaning that many people will have an extended weekend.

Mark Jones, who runs the O2 store in Wellingborough, said: “I think it raises staff morale.

“It’s only one day and it means that some staff get the day off while some will get double pay and then have an extra day later in the year.

“It doesn’t come around very often. We won’t be all that busy on the day as most people are probably going to be spending the bank holiday with their families.”

Sylvia Dukes, 67, from Gipsy Lane, Kettering, is a staunch royalist. She said: “I think it’s important that the Queen gets a bank holiday for her jubilee.

“Businesses owners need to realise it only happens once in a blue moon.”