AN online petition calling for St David's Day to be made a bank holiday had attracted thousands of signatures by last night.
Placed on Prime Minister Tony Blair's official website yesterday, it became the site's 11th most popular, with more than 2,500 signatures.
Launched by O A Jones, the petition notes that, "Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland have the least number of bank holidays in Europe.
"The national days of these countries are ideal opportunities to increase the number of days and at the same time allow us to celebrate our individual culture, languages and identities."
A rival petition calling for St George's Day to be made a national holiday in England had, by comparison, only attracted 904 signatures.
The site http://petitions. pm.gov.uk/list provides a snapshot of the diverse - and often bizarre - range of petitions regularly delivered to Tony Blair.
Yesterday's most popular petition - calling for "the scrapping of the planned vehicle tracking and road pricing policy" - had attracted nearly 10 times more signatures than the St David's Day proposal.
More bizarre pleas included
one to "force all ramblers/walkers to wave a red flag when walking on a public road" (757 signatures), "introducing compulsory beatboxing lessons in primary schools" (97), and "move parliament to Bradford" (41).
Deadline for St David's Day support is February 20.