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Licensing / Regulation / 31 October 2013

Pubs call to back ‘Roy’s Boys’ with extended licensing hours

The British Beer & Pub Association is calling on the Government to offer greater flexibility on licensing hours for the opening and closing weekends of the World Cup 2014. With some games potentially set to only kick off at 11pm increased flexibility would allow England fans to enjoy the full pub match experience.

The BBPA has written to the Home Office Minister responsible for Licensing, Norman Baker MP, calling for similar flexibility to that shown for events of national importance such as the Royal Wedding and Diamond Jubilee. This would provide a much needed boost of £20m for pubs across England.

The call has been supported in Parliament by Beer and Pubs Champion Andrew Griffiths MP, who argued for a debate on the issue to allow England supporters to watch football whilst enjoying a pint in their local pub.

Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chief Executive, comments:

“That England qualified for the World Cup is something to be celebrated. Without pubs able to open their doors to fans everywhere, the atmosphere at home will not be what it should. As the inevitable highs and lows of the tournament progress, let us enjoy them together and back ‘Roy’s Boys’ in the next best place to being there – the pub.

“This would provide a £20 million boost to thousands of small businesses across the nation, with fans becoming a real part of the celebration.”

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