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 Senior Race Day will remain a Bank Holiday

Senior Race Day will remain a bank holiday despite the cancellation of the TT, while school holidays planned for the festival won't be changing. There had been some confusion surrounding this year's Senior Race Day on Friday, June 8 - which traditionally marks the last day of racing - in the build-up to the announcement by Chief Minister Donald Gelling on Tuesday.

But a spokesman for the chief minister's office said there was never a question of the bank holiday being cancelled as it is a statutory holiday passed by Tynwald.

Meanwhile, director of education Ralph Cowin said his office had received many calls from parents asking whether the school holidays during the TT fortnight had been changed following the cancellation of the races.

But he said the holidays would go ahead as planned, meaning schoolchildren will be off on theThursday and Friday of what would have been practice week - May 31 and June 1 - and fromMonday, June 4 to Friday, June 8.

School will then re-open on Monday, June 11.

'We have had quite a few calls from people linking it with the TT but they (the holidays) are planned in advance and they are not changing,' explained Mr Cowin.

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