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Olympics and Jubilee - call to act now on extended hours


The BBPA is calling on David Cameron to agree to extend pub opening hours for next year’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympic celebrations.

Following the success of the Royal Wedding Bank Holiday celebrations where our pubs saw an estimated £600 million boost to takings as Britain partied in the nation’s locals, the British Beer & Pub Association has called on Ministers to agree to extended hours over the four-day bank holiday in June 2012 and for the opening and closing ceremonies of London 2012.

Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the BBPA said:

“Pubs were right at the heart of celebration up and down the country on Royal Wedding Day, and the Government deserves credit for the extended opening

hours so people could really enjoy the day.

“As everyone turns their minds to next summer’s huge celebrations - the Diamond Jubilee and the national showcase that is London 2012 - let’s give pubs the chance to play their part in getting the party started.”

Notes to editors:

Section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003 only permits extended hours for national celebrations to continue for four consecutive days.

The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and own nearly two thirds of Britain’s 52,500 pubs.


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