Traditionally in the UK, the early May bank holiday is used to celebrate workers’ rights.
An exception was made in 1995 when the Government moved the May bank holiday to 8 May to mark the 50th anniversary of VE Day.
Then a quarter of a million people gathered on the Mall in London to wave Union Flags, listen to Dame Vera Lynn sing and see the Queen, Queen Mother and Princess Margaret appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony.
Mr Clark added that the change would also allow the nation to pay tribute to members of the Armed Forces:
“As well as marking the Allies’ great victory in 1945, the bank holiday would also be an occasion to pay tribute to members of the UK Armed Forces who have served and continue to serve our country since then.”
In 2020 VE Day is due to fall on a Friday, meaning the commemorations will likely continue through the weekend.