Blanket extension for Jubilee rubber stamped

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A blanket extension allowing pubs to open until 1am on June 4 in honour of the Queen's Golden Jubilee became law last week.The deregulation order was...

A blanket extension allowing pubs to open until 1am on June 4 in honour of the Queen's Golden Jubilee became law last week.

The deregulation order was rubber stamped by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, allowing licensees to firm up arrangements for the celebrations.

The extension will enable pub-goers to make the most of the extra Bank Holiday on June 4 introduced to mark the occasion.

Pubs will automatically be able to take advantage of the late closing time unless there are any objections from police, residents or local authorities.

Kim Howells, minister for licensing, said: "The Queen's Golden Jubilee is an important national occasion. That is why it is right that citizens and visitors alike should have greater freedom to choose how and when to celebrate. Longer opening hours is good news for consumers and the industry."

The move has not been without controversy, however, with many publicans angry that an extension is permitted for the Jubilee when applications for extended hours during the World Cup have been refused.

Research by pub operator Punch showed that more people were planning events around this year's football than were planning to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee, despite the fact that magistrates in most areas are upholding case law from the 1970s that states World Cup matches should not be classed as special occasions.

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