Industry ‘welcomes’ extended pub hours for Royal Wedding

09/01/2018 - 07:00
Following the government’s decision to consult on extending pub hours for the Royal wedding (18/19 May) until 1am, both the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) have said they “welcome” the news.

ALMR chief executive, Kate Nicholls, commented: “Pubs are at the heart of communities and many people will want to celebrate the special occasion in their local, as they have done for the Queen’s Jubilee or previous Royal Weddings.

“Extended trading for the wedding will provide a welcome boost to the UK’s pubs, restaurants, hotels and bars, so a proposal to extend trading hours is a sensible step by the Government and should provide customers and businesses with a chance to celebrate.”

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA chief executive added: “This is great news for pubs and pub-goers, and shows the government has listened to our calls to put pubs at the heart of the Royal Wedding celebrations.

“Visitors see the Great British pub as a cultural icon, almost as much as the Royal Family. Extended hours would give a £10million boost to the trade and make the most of the expected increase in tourism.”

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