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Pubs get extended opening hours for VE Day celebrations

Pubs get extended opening hours for VE Day celebrations

Published at 6:30pm 12th February 2020. (Updated at 7:52pm 12th February 2020)

Pubs, clubs and cinemas will be able to stay open later to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the government has confirmed.

Victory in Europe (VE) Day, which is on 8 May, marks the formal acceptance of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender by Britain and its allies in the Second World War.

Home Secretary Priti Patel will lay an order before parliament to formally extend licensing hours on the day.

Pubs, clubs and bars that have licences to trade until 11pm will get an extra two hours to take them into Saturday morning, the Home Office said.

Likewise, entertainment venues currently with an 11pm curfew - which the Home Office said would include premises licensed to host music, dances, plays and films - will be allowed to remain open until 1am on Saturday 9 May.

"VE Day events across the country will see the nation come together to pay tribute to the heroes who fought for our freedom and supported the war effort at home," Ms Patel said.

"Pubs are at the heart of our communities and this is a great opportunity to raise a glass to mark this historic occasion."

The announcement was first made in October, with the government confirming on Wednesday that a motion enacting the change will be put before MPs and peers.

The Home Office said the representatives of licensing authorities, the police, the pub trade, community groups, veterans' organisations and the Welsh government had all been consulted.

Changes to opening hours is just one of many ways the country will mark VE Day, with commemorations and community events expected to be held across the country.

The government has previously announced that the traditional early May bank holiday would be moved from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May.

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