Polish imported to save Queen's Day

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On Saturday, the Dutch celebrate Queen’s Day. Thousands of volunteers are needed to stage the street parties around the country. But fewer and fewer Dutch people are willing to do volunteer work. This is jeopardising the festivities in some municipalities. 

One village in the centre of the Netherlands has come up with a novel solution to the problem. It’s going to import two busloads of Polish citizens to help organise the town’s festivities. And it’s only going to pay them 25 euros for an entire day’s work! In essence, the town is replacing its Dutch volunteers with volunteers from Poland.

The chairman of the local Orange Committee (clubs where royal family enthusiasts organise Queen's Day events) says he has no other choice: the party must go on!