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Licensed premises allowed to extend opening hours for royal wedding

Wed 12 Jan 2011

Licensed premises in the UK will be allowed to stay open later on the day of the royal wedding, the government has confirmed.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting married on April 29th, a date that has already been declared a public holiday.

Crime prevention minister James Brokenshire said this would be a "time of national celebration" in which he wants everyone to participate.

As a result, pubs, bars and other licensed venues will be allowed to trade for an extra two hours on the day of the ceremony and keep serving alcohol until 01:00.

According to government estimates, more than two-thirds of on-trade licensed premises currently shut their doors before midnight.

The British Beer & Pub Association has hailed this as "great news", as it believes pubs are the perfect place in which to enjoy the celebrations.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the group, said she hopes the government will take similar steps in 2012 when the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations are underway.

The relaxation of the rules does not apply to businesses where consumers are not allowed to drink on the premises, such as supermarkets, off licences and petrol stations.

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