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The Government has confirmed a national extension of licensing hours for pubs to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. 

The Home Officer announced that pubs, clubs and bars, which are licensed to trade until 11pm, will be allowed to open for an additional two hours, on Friday 8 May and Saturday 9 May from 11am until 1am the following morning, to mark the anniversary. 

The early May bank holiday has been moved from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to mark the anniversary.

 Home Secretary Priti Patel 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.

Stephen McCaffrey

Regulatory defence barrister specialising in alcohol and entertainment licensing law, appeals and defence.

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