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Liberation Day holiday approved

Public service workers in Guernsey have been told by the States they will get a day off in lieu of Liberation Day.

The national holiday on 9 May marks the liberation of the islands from Nazi occupation in World War II.

It falls on a Saturday this year and Guernsey is following a move by Jersey by giving States staff an extra day off during the week.

Nearly 2,500 people from across the Channel Islands had joined an internet group calling for the extra day off.

The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to fall into Nazi hands in World War II and were liberated in 1945.

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