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Extra bank holiday planned for 2012 in honour of the Queen

Business Secretary Peter Mandelson has announced an extra bank holiday in 2012 to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Mandelson said the holiday would be on Tuesday 5 June 2012 and the late May bank holiday would be moved to Monday 4 June to allow people to enjoy a long weekend.

And the campaign for a Community Day bank holidaywelcomed the announcement. A spokesperson for the campaign said: "This is the perfect opportunity to introduce a new bank holiday and there is no reason why this extra day off should not become a permanent fixture.

"The Government should capitalise on the community spirit around the Queen's Diamond Jubilee by introducing a new Community Day bank holiday dedicated to volunteering and community work."