Pubs celebrate calm start to World Cup

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Pubs celebrate calm start to World Cup
Pubs up and down the country enjoyed a trouble-free start to the World Cup - but the same could not be said for the big screen events in Liverpool...

Pubs up and down the country enjoyed a trouble-free start to the World Cup - but the same could not be said for the big screen events in Liverpool and London.

In the run up to England's first match the police forces across England were unanimous in issuing warnings to licensees and pub operators that violence and trouble would not be tolerated and would result in pub closures.

We don't want the situation to arise where the extra security measures being taken by pubs are undermined by a lack of control at these events​Mark Hastings, BBPA.

However, as England laboured to an opening game victory over Paraguay the pubs sent their own message that all the planning and precautions appeared to be paying off.

The same could not be said for the organised big screen events in town and city centres.

As warned by the British Beer and Pub Association - and other trade bodies - trouble flared at big screen events which were not subject to the same stringent safety measures as pubs.

The BBPA's Mark Hastings told MorningAdvertiser.co.uk"The news from Liverpool, Manchester and London has crystallised concerns we raised several weeks ago around the control and stewarding of World Cup big screen events.

"We don't want the situation to arise where the extra security measures being taken by pubs are undermined by a lack of control at these events.

"We need to ensure that the peaceful and fun enjoyment of the World Cup we have seen this weekend in pubs is shared by everyone.

"Pubs have worked extremely hard on additional security measures in recent months. Big screen events need a similar level of attention to proper stewarding and controls."

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Your CommentsPhil Burke​ via email 12/06/2006"What fantastic party atmosphere it was this weekend in the city centre with shops bars clubs restaurant buzzing with all the world cup excitement and with the warm weather what more could you ask for especially in our rainy city, well done to the 10.000 patriotic fans packed into exchange square to watch England

Luckly in Manchester not only do we have the enforced street drining bye law , but Pubs & clubs work closly with Greater Manchester Police and the City Safe Unit, unlike Liverpool and London we advised Licensees to removed all out door Tables and Chairs before , during and Afternoon the games until it was safe to put it back out."

Well Done Manchester

Phil BurkePub & Club NetworkManchester

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