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Liberation Day 2010 to be holiday

Liberation Day will be a bank holiday in 2010

Liberation Day in 2010 has been made a bank holiday for the first time by the States of Guernsey.

It decided that because the 9 May celebrations fell on a Sunday, islanders would get the following day, Monday 10 May, off work.

The day commemorates the island's liberation from German Occupation during World War II.

Calls for the bank holiday began earlier this year because the 64th anniversary fell on a Saturday.

This year, the States gave public service workers an extra day off in the week to make up for working over the weekend of the celebration.

Sark celebrates its liberation a day later on 10 May and Alderney, which was completely evacuated, celebrates Homecoming Day on 15 December.

The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied during World War II.

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