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The Home Secretary has announced plans to extend pub licensing hours across England and Wales to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. 

The consultation to follow shortly will seek views on proposals for pubs, clubs and bars which are licensed to trade until 11pm to open until 1am on both Friday 8 May and Saturday 9 May 2020 which will be the early May bank holiday in 2020. 

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:

 VE Day is a landmark day in our history. Extending licensing hours will pave the way for commemorative events across the UK, so we can pay tribute to the courage and determination of the millions who fought for our freedom or supported the war effort at home.

The extension of pub opening hours will be subject to a short consultation with partners including the police, licensing authorities, industry, community groups and veterans organisations.

In the past, national extended licensing hours have been in place for the Royal Wedding in 2018, the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016, the 2014 World Cup, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and the Royal Wedding in 2011.

Stephen McCaffrey

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