A ministerial order is likely to be issued to declare next weekend an island-wide festival so shops do not have to lose two days trading.

Angry retailers faced having to shut for two days unless they had a Sunday trading permit as Liberation Day (9 May) falls on a Saturday this year.

Economic development minister Alan Maclean is on the verge of declaring an island-wide festival to allow shops to open on Sunday 10 May.

He said that he wanted to do everything possible in what were very difficult trading circumstances. Many had been in touch to say they could not afford to be closed next weekend, and it seemed crazy to him that they should be forced to shut.

St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft declared next Sunday a festival in the main area of the town.

The Liberation