"August bank holiday, only two and six return. Six weeks off, however. Might work a press pass. Or through M'Coy." (U4.452)

Bank Holiday in the UK = a national public holiday declared by royal proclamation and recognized, since 1871, by an Act of Parliament. The name refers to the fact that banks usually close for business. In England and Wales, there are typically eight bank holidays every year, in Scotland nine and in Northern Ireland ten.