Holidaymakers enjoy the sunshine on a crowded Brighton beach on Bank Holiday. The temperatures this holiday weekend have been some of the highest since records began. 25/10/2004 The Government was Monday October 25 2004, urged to agree three extra bank holidays, including one to help break up the 'slog' between the end of summer and the Christmas break. Research by the TUC showed huge support for extra public holidays, with today - the start of the school half-term holidays - being the preferred date. More than 20,000 people took part in a TUC poll, with four in 10 saying a Monday in late October should become a bank holiday.