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The great British bank holiday
Archive news shows examples of people making the most of the bank holidays in Britain in 1949, 1964, 1973 and 1978. This examination of social history shows both change and continuity in the lives of ordinary people in the last 60 years. Traffic jams and bad weather are common themes, and in 1978 some felt the May Day holiday should not be celebrated at all. This BBC News clip is published as part of BBC News Online and was first broadcast on 04 May 2009. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
Change and continuity - in what ways were British Bank Holidays of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s different from today and in what ways were they the same? Further materials on the British bank holiday can be found in the BBC Online Archive: bbc.co.uk/archive/bankholidays/index.shtml.
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