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Bermuda Proposes October 18 Flora Duffy Public Holiday

Source: Bermuda Department of Communication and Information (Hamilton)
Posted: Friday, September 10, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: October 8, 2021

The government of Bermuda, has announced that it is inviting Her Excellency the Governor to designate October 18, 2021, as a one-off public holiday, in recognition of Flora Duffy’s success in the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo and the World Triathlon Championship.

As per the Premier of Bermuda, "It is a fitting tribute to have a day to recognise and honour Flora Duffy’s historic accomplishments. Her achievements propelled Bermuda onto the international stage, and we look forward to welcoming her home and celebrating with her and all her fans. At the next Senate meeting, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports, Dr. the Hon. Ernest Peets will set out further details of events planned for the day which will also allow us to connect the arc of Bermuda’s Olympic history and also include Bermuda’s first Olympic medalist, bronze medal winner Clarence Hil.".

Earlier this summer (2021-07-28), the government of Bermuda, with support from the leader of Bermuda's Opposition, Cole Simons, had announced that it is considering how to commemorate Bermudan Flora Duffy’s recent gold medal at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

That date was determined after consideration by the Cabinet and will require the approval of both Houses of the Legislature.

In 1979, Bermuda similarly declared a one-off half-day public holiday to mark the victory of Gina Swainson at that year's Miss World Pageant.

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