Plans to allow pubs to stay open longer for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee | Pubs
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Pubs, clubs and bars could be allowed to stay open until the early hours of the holiday weekend next year to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as part of government plans.
Sites across England and Wales could continue to serve customers for an additional two hours to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the monarch’s reign under the draft decree.
Interior Minister Priti Patel is seeking to extend license opening hours from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. from Thursday, June 2 to Saturday, June 4 during the long public holiday weekend.
To mark the “unprecedented milestone in national life”, the ministers promised a show combining “ceremonial pomp” and “technological demonstrations”.
Events planned include a live concert featuring some of the world’s biggest stars, a Thanksgiving service and a day at the races.
On Sunday 5 June, the Platinum Jubilee Competition will also be held in London with more than 5,000 people from the UK and the Commonwealth.
The event will take place against a backdrop of Buckingham Palace and the surrounding streets, combining street arts, theater, music and circus.
Section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003 allows Patel to table an order in Parliament to allow the premises to remain open longer to mark occasions of exceptional importance.
The decision to extend licensing hours will be the subject of a one-month public consultation. Any issues raised by specific stakeholders including police, licensing authorities and alcohol awareness groups will also be considered, the government said.
Past national events that have seen the government push back the closing time have included royal weddings in 2011 and 2018, the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016 and the FIFA World Cup in 2014.
On February 6, the Queen will become the first British sovereign to be on the throne in seven decades.
Patel said: “Her Majesty The Queen is an example to all of us – she has served the UK and the Commonwealth with the utmost dignity, steadfastness and determination throughout her remarkable reign.
“The Platinum Jubilee is a truly historic occasion, and it is right that the country marks this celebration in a special way.
“This extension will allow families, friends and communities in England and Wales to raise a glass to toast Her Majesty The Queen and mark her incredible service to our country.”
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “Next year we will celebrate an unprecedented milestone in our national life.
“No other British monarch has served for 70 years and it is fitting that, as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June, we toast Her Majesty for her dedication and service.”
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