Community / General / Licensing / Regulation / 13 April 2016

Warm welcome for 1am extended hours for Queen's 90th Birthday

News that the Government is recommending that pub hours in England and Wales should be extend to 1am for the Queen’s 90th birthday has been warmly welcomed by the BBPA, which had written to the Home Office urging the move.

The longer hours, subject to approval by Parliament, apply to Friday 10th and Saturday 11th June – a celebration that happily coincides with the start of the Euro 2016 football. On the Saturday at 5pm, Wales take on Slovakia in Bordeaux, and at 8pm it’s England versus Russia in Marseille.

Section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003 allows for extended hours to be set on a national basis. Since the Act was introduced in 2005, there have been extended hours for the Royal Wedding, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the World Cup.

BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments:

“I am delighted that the Government is recommending extra pub hours until 1am for these two days. It is a momentous milestone for the Queen, and there’s no better place that the Great British pub to celebrate. We also estimate that it will provide a £20 million boost for pubs.”

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