Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland) History
The Summer Bank Holiday is a holiday that marks the middle of Summer in Scotland. During the three-day weekend many people take short trips or holidays, visiting family and friends in different parts of the country.
The Summer Bank Holiday was introduced in the Bank Holidays Act of 1871, it was also first observed in that year. The holiday was originally intended to give bank employees the chance to participate in and attend cricket matches. One hundred years later, the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 moved the bank holiday to the last Monday in August for England, Wales and Northern Ireland - in Scotland it remained on the first Monday in August.
The weeks surrounding the Summer Bank Holiday are collectively known as Fair Holidays, with towns and cities hosting festivals and events to mark the occasion. The Summer Bank Holiday this year (for England, Wales and Northern Ireland) is on 29 August.
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