No beer for football fans in Torquay

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A pub in Torquay cannot serve thirsty football fans before home games because of a mix-up between the licensee and magistrates.Torquay United...

A pub in Torquay cannot serve thirsty football fans before home games because of a mix-up between the licensee and magistrates.

Torquay United football ground's own club the Boots and Laces cannot serve pints for two hours before - and for one hour after the game - for the next three home matches.

Although the club has held an exemption order for 17 years, this year it's annual application for renewal was sent in two days late.

Now supporters are up in arms at the mix-up, but local magistrates have refused to give special leeway, which means that football fans will miss out on a drink for three matches.

Licensee of the Boots and Laces, Kevin Hill, said: "I'm gutted and really annoyed by all of this. I will lose thousands of pounds and I feel for the fans. It has caused a lot of distress to the supporters and myself and it is something that cannot be allowed to happen again."

Richard Williams from The Publican Newspaper's legal team of experts Joelson Wilson & Co said that this was a very unusual case, but urged licensees to always make sure they renewed their exemption orders on time.

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