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Come on England! Best of luck to our World Cup team

On 30/06/15 by Brigid Simmonds (Chief Executive)

The next few days promises to be a bumper one for sports fans, with Wimbledon in full swing, the British Grand Prix, and not least the brilliant performance of the England women’s football team in reaching the semi-final of the World Cup in Canada.

I am sure many fans would love to root for the England team in the pub. However, it is now too late for pubs to apply for temporary event notices for the semi-final, which will start at midnight UK time, as ten days’ notice is required.

This situation shows the potential drawbacks of an inflexible licensing regime, as it means that venues that find themselves wanting to open on special occasions such as this, can’t do so.

We do need more flexibility to give pubs the ability to show, at short notice, such major sporting events.

In the meantime, let’s all get behind the England team - it's certainly a great reason to raise a glass in the pub the following day, and here’s hoping we can do the same if England reaches the final.


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