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Hundreds from Kent sign petition for a new bank holiday if England win the Euros

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Hundreds of people from Kent have signed a petition for a new bank holiday.

The petition, which currently has over 40,000 signatures, asks for a new bank holiday to take place on Monday (July 12) should England win the Euros on Sunday.

Gareth Southgate's side booked their place in the final with a dramatic extra-time win over Denmark, while Italy overcame Spain on the other side of the draw in a penalty shootout.

READ MORE: England fans in Rochester celebrate historic win over Denmark as Three Lions reach Euro 2020 final

The final on Sunday will be England's first for 55 years since winning the World Cup in 1966, and fans will want to celebrate the historic occasion.

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So much so, they are requesting a bank holiday to be held on the day after the final.

An interactive petition map has revealed the amount of signatures made by every constituency in the UK, and it turns out the people of Kent are fully backing the petition.

Residents in Sittingbourne and Sheppey have signed the petition 272 times, making it one of the most-signed areas in the country.

Chatham and Aylesford is the next Kent constituency with the most amount of signatures, reaching a total of 52.

Elsewhere in the county, Tonbridge and Malling have just 19 signatures.

The statement provident on the petition page reads: "England will be playing a European Championship Final at 8pm on Sunday 11th July.

"It would be beneficial and sensible to give the country the day off the next day if England win, in the form of an extra Bank Holiday Monday.

"Sunday 8pm is a difficult time for families to plan to be together for the event – knowing we have an additional day off the next day would significantly help this.

"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."

The petition has already reached more than 10,000 signatures, meaning the Government must respond to it.

If it reaches 100,000 signatures the matter will be considered for debate in parliament.

You can view the petition ahead of Sunday's final via this link.

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