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News - 12 January 2011

Late opening for Royal Wedding

The coalition Government is considering allowing pubs, bars and other licensed venues to stay open until 1 am to celebrate the Royal Wedding. The proposal has been announced by the Home Office and will go out to public consultation over the next two weeks.

The consultation will enable people to put forward their views on extending opening hours on Friday 29 April and Saturday 30 April 2011 – allowing many premises to open for an extra two hours and put on live music and other forms of entertainment.

It is estimated that around 67% of on-trade licensed premises, like pubs and bars, close before midnight. Currently licence holders have the option of applying to their local council for a Temporary Event Notice at a cost of £21.00 if they wish to extend their opening hours. Relaxing the licensing laws for the Royal Wedding will mean they will not have to do this, making celebrating the event easier for businesses too.

Minister for Crime Prevention James Brokenshire said, “The Royal Wedding is a time of national celebration and we want everyone to be able to participate.

“We recognise that people may want to extend their festivities to mark this important occasion which is why we intend to allow pubs, bars, community and village halls and other licensed venues to be able to open later.”

Businesses in Brighton are working together to lay on entertainment and celebrations for the occasion. Contact Soozie Campbell, city centre manager, via for further information.

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