Posted: 12.02.20 at 19:36 by The Editor
Pubs and bars in Rutland will be allowed to open for an additional two hours to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has today (Weds) confirmed the extended hours for businesses in England and Wales licensed to trade until 11pm.
It allows them to open longer on Friday, 8 May and Saturday, 9 May from 11am until 1am the following morning.
The order, laid in Parliament today, will also apply to premises licensed to provide entertainment such as music, dances, plays and films.
Commemorations and community events will be held across the country to remember the heroism of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel and the contribution of ordinary citizens to the war effort.
The early May bank holiday has been moved from Monday, 4 May to Friday, 8 May to mark the anniversary.
The Home Secretary said: "VE Day events across the country will see the nation come together to pay tribute to the heroes who fought for our freedom and supported the war effort at home.
"Pubs are at the heart of our communities and this is a great opportunity to raise a glass to mark this historic occasion."
The decision follows a consultation with partners including representatives of licensing authorities, the police, the licensed trade, community groups, veterans’ organisations and the Welsh Government.
Past national occasions where the government has extended licensing hours have included the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.