Jersey's Reform Day to be marked annually

An 18th Century rebellion in Jersey will be marked annually, the States of Jersey has agreed.

Politicians agreed 28 September would celebrate the events of Reform Day, which took place on that date in 1769.

More than 100 people protested outside the Royal Court, which led to the separation of the powers of the States and Royal Court.

However, moves to put up a memorial and funding to be made available for research into the event were defeated.

Opponents of the propositions said there were other dates in Jersey of equal or greater importance.

'Has been won'

Deputy Trevor Pitman, who led the move, also lost a motion calling for £3,000 to be made available to enable experts to reveal the texts of records from the time, which were erased on the orders of the Privy Council.

He withdrew a move for the event to be included on the local history curriculum after the education minister agreed to set up a meeting to discuss the idea further.

Deputy Pitman said of the result: "I can't be too disappointed... the main battle has been won and that can be built on.

"It's part of our history we need to recognise and remember."

He said he had already been approached by some island businesses about funding a plaque or memorial to the protest.

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