Aberdeen City Council has approved an additional public holiday for its staff to mark the celebration of the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III.
The holiday will take place on Monday 8 May and is in line with the announcements of the Scottish and UK Governments that there will be an extended long weekend in May to mark the occasion.
The Scottish Government has also acknowledged that it is for each local authority to determine which dates will be classed as public holidays.
The decision was taken at the Council’s Staff Governance committee. Committee Convener, Councillor Neil Copland, said: “We are delighted to mark the occasion of His Majesty’s coronation by allowing our staff an additional public holiday as part of the celebrations.”
Vice convener, Councillor Gill Al-Samarai, said: “I am glad that we have been able to confirm the date which allows our staff to celebrate the occasion with their families and friends.”
Aberdeen City Council recognises seven public holidays for the majority of staff: Good Friday, May Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Hogmanay, New Year’s Day and 2 January, with days being substituted where a public holiday falls on a weekend day. Craft workers do not have a public holiday on Good Friday, and instead have an Autumn holiday on the fourth Monday of September.
In 2022 there were two additional public holidays recognised by the Council, one to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee and the other to mark the passing of Her Majesty the Queen.
Photograph shows King Charles - then Prince Charles - on a visit to Aberdeen in 2021 to officially open Aberdeen Art Gallery.