"The Nineteenth century saw a great Springtime of Nations as the revolutions of 1848 saw new countries created the length and breadth of Europe. In our world today we are now seeing our own Spring Awakening with people and cultures that have long been dormant and subdued asserting their right to exist, their right to dream." Adam Price MP
PARLIAMENT is set to debate whether St David’s Day should be made a bankholiday in Wales.
In 2000, the National Assembly voted in favour of making March 1 a publicholiday, but the idea was blocked by Westminster.
The debate will now take place on March 2 after being secured by Ceredigion Lib Dem MP Mark Williams.
He said: “St David’s Day has massive cultural and historical significance in Wales and there have been calls for a public holiday for many years, so it is a real honour to make the case to the Government.
“A St David’s Day holiday would be a great opportunity to showcase our culture and heritage and could provide a boost to tourism.
“There is a great deal of support for a bank holiday, and I hope that we will soon be able to follow Scotland in making our national saint’s day a public holiday.”
The Scottish Parliament voted to make St Andrew’s Day a holiday in 2006 and St Patrick’s Day has been one in Ireland since 1903.