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Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – pubs need extra opening hours on Sunday and Monday


The Government must ensure that the people of Britain are able to give Her Majesty the Queen the massive national ‘thank you’ she so richly deserves on the Diamond Jubilee next June – by letting pubs open for extended hours on Sunday and Monday on the special, double bank holiday.

The government consultation, just closed, on the issue suggests that extra hours will be allowed for Friday and Saturday – but with the huge celebrations likely to continue on the Monday, given the extra bank holiday on Tuesday, the British Beer & Pub Association wants the extra hours moved to Sunday and Monday instead. This would make pubs the heart of the national holiday celebrations, just as they were for this year’s Royal Wedding.

Extra hours on Friday and Saturday would be too much ‘business-as-usual’, says the BBPA, and not covering Sunday would cause particular problems, given that many pubs still close early on Sunday under their existing licences.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, comments:

“It’s hard to imagine a more special event in the life of Britain than the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – and pubs should be at the heart of the celebrations, without the red tape around late opening hours.

“The Government is right to recognise the need for extra opening hours, and extra hours worked brilliantly for the Royal Wedding with no problems - pubs really do need the same for the Jubilee Sunday and Monday evenings."


Community, Culture & Tourism, Regulation, Pubs, Licensing

For further information contact:

Neil Williams
Head of Media
Tel: 020 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779

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