HUNDREDS of people across Somerset have signed a petition calling for an extra bank holiday if England win the Euro 2020 championships tonight (July 11).

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under mounting pressure to give workers a day off if the Three Lions beat Italy at Wembley on Sunday night – even if it is not necessarily the following day.

As of 10am on Friday (July 9), more than 1,000 people in Somerset had joined the call.

The numbers were broken down as follows: 

Taunton Deane: 408
Somerton and Frome: 265
Wells: 271
Yeovil: 416
Bridgwater and West Somerset: 508

They were among 20,731 from across the South West – which has the least signatures of England's nine regions.

More than 300,000 fans across the UK had backed the move by Friday morning.

Lee Jones, the petition's creator, said the final's 8pm kick-off is a difficult time for families to plan to be together, but knowing they had an additional day off the next day in the event of an England victory would allow them that opportunity.

He added: “Furthermore, a historic win should be celebrated. "It would be expected for the winning team to parade the trophy, and a bank holiday would be a perfect time to do this.

"Also, English people would naturally want to continue to enjoy the win, giving the retail and leisure industry a much-needed opportunity to make up lost revenues.”

However, the mechanics for a bank holiday this Monday seem unworkable, given the short turnaround between the final ending late on Sunday night and when the day off would come into effect, potentially an hour later.

Instead, businesses may consider flexible working hours in order to allow staff to sleep off any celebratory or consolatory side effects.

There have been reports that an extra bank holiday could instead fall on July 19 – the so-called "Freedom Day" on which many coronavirus restrictions are proposed to come to an end – or in August. The order for any bank holiday would have to come from the Queen.

England’s men’s football team are now just one win away from their first major silverware since 1966 after their 2-1 triumph over Denmark on Wednesday.

Mr Johnson, who watched the game at Wembley with his wife Carrie, has wished the national men’s team the “very best” ahead of the final, but said granting a bank holiday would be “tempting fate”.

Some Somerset schools are allowing children to arrive late for lessons after staying up to watch the match, which gets underway at 8pm.

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