Welsh council workers want extra day off on top of usual Bank Holidays to honour St David at cost to taxpayers of £200,000

  • Staff from Patriotic Welsh Council want to be given a day off March 1, St David’s Day
  • Boris Johnson’s Tory government says too many people are off 
  • It means if it goes ahead anyway it could cost as much as £200,000

Taxpayers face coughing up £200,000 for a council staff to get a day off for the Welsh patron saint – after the government refused the extra holiday.

Welsh nationalists would like to celebrate St David’s Day, March 1, with a special day of work and bank holidays.

Boris Johnson’s government rejected Boris Johnson’s request, as there were too many people who commute to work across Wales and England.

Gwynedd Council of North Wales will now discuss the issue.

Gwynedd Council in North Wales are going to be having a meeting about the day off plans

Gwynedd Council, North Wales will be holding a meeting to discuss the day’s plans

Saint David was a Welsh bishop of Mynyw but is now the adored patron saint of Wales

Saint David, who was the Welsh bishop of Mynyw and is revered as the patron saint for Wales, was actually called Saint David.

But already it is feared it cost £200,000 to employ part-time staff to keep the council running for the day off.

Proposed: “St David’s Day 2020 is to be added as a holiday for Council staff who are working under the terms and conditions of employees of local governments, in celebration of our patron saint’s Day.”

An alternative suggestion of a half-day off, which would cost £100,000, is also mooted.

St David is beloved throughout Wales with his day being observed by everyone in the country

St David is a beloved figure in Wales, with everyone paying tribute to him on his birthday

The Welsh Wonder 

Apart from being the patron saint for Wales, St David also serves as the patron saint to doves. He is called Dewi Sant in Welsh.

Born in Caerfai in Pembrokeshire around 500 AD, he was recognised as the Welsh patron saint during the country’s resistance to the Normans. St David made many pilgrimages to Jerusalem after his studies and was elected archbishop.

He went on to preach Christianity, and to minimize belief in Pelegrian heresy. This was the belief that sin didn’t taint our nature and that God doesn’t need to help us distinguish good from evil.

Twelve monasteries were founded by St David where the monks abstained entirely from pleasure. 

His miracles are well-known. The most notable being his ability to lift the ground beneath him and form a hill for the Synod of Brefi to hear his sermon. Legend says that St David might be the nephew or niece of King Arthur. However, other legends say his mother is the niece. Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland is said to be able to foresee St David’s birth.

Paul Scully, MP, Minster for Small Business rejected them in a reply.

He explained that, despite the fact that we understand the desire of the Welsh to commemorate their patron saint, the English/Welsh border is home to more workers than the English/Scottish.

“The closer integration of the two countries could lead to greater disruption in business. It would be difficult for both businesses and employees to forecast the effects of separate bank holidays in England or Wales.

Gwynedd Council stated that the Welsh Government’s response to the question was “hugely disappointing” and that they cannot take the final decision. However, it must be taken in Westminster.

The Welsh Government was unable to answer the request of the council because it is clear that Westminster’s current government has no plans to devolve this power.

Tomorrow’s Bank Holiday Wish will be up for discussion by the councilors. 

St David is recognized as the most important figure of the Welsh Age of Saints 6th Century.

He is believed to be the father of many religious communities and the patron saint of Ireland and Britain.

St David died on 1 March – St David’s Day – in 589 and was canonised by Pope Callixtus in the 12th century.

David, the Waterdrinker was his unusual name. He ate very modestly and only drank water and bread.