VE Day pub hours extension announced

VE Day pub hours extension announced

Pubs and inns in England and Wales will be able to open for an extra two hours to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day on Friday 8 May.

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

Home Secretary Priti 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.”

This decision follows a consultation with partners including representatives of licensing authorities, the police, the licensed trade, community groups, veterans’ organisations and the Welsh Government.

Further details of the UK Government’s commemorations for VE Day will be announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in due course. Plans to mark VJ Day are also under consideration, and further details will be provided in due course.

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