Extension of opening hours for VE Day confirmed

Extension of opening hours for VE Day confirmed

The home secretary has confirmed pubs in England and Wales will be able to open for longer to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

Pubs, clubs and bars, which are licensed to trade until 11pm, will be allowed to open for an additional two hours on Friday 8 May and Saturday 9 May, from 11am until 1am the following morning. The decision follows the plans announced in October last year.

The order, to be laid in parliament, will also apply to premises licensed to provide entertainment such as music, dances, plays and films.

The early May bank holiday has been moved from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to mark the anniversary.

“Pubs are at the heart of our communities and this is a great opportunity to raise a glass to mark this historic occasion,” says home secretary Priti Patel.

Past national occasions where the government has extended licensing hours have included the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.