BBPA requests opening hours extension for Olympics and Jubilee

By Becky Paskin

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Hospitality businesses had a bumper April following Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding
Hospitality businesses had a bumper April following Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding
The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has lobbied Prime Minister David Cameron to extend pub opening hours for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games next year, following a record trading period during the Royal Wedding bank holiday weekend.

Pubs and restaurants across the UK were granted a temporary late license to serve food and alcohol until 1am on 29 and 30 May to allow Britons to make the most of the Royal Wedding celebrations.

The move helped hospitality operators to generate an estimated £600m in revenue over the weekend – resulting in a record month for most.

Now the BBPA has requested the government put similar permits in place for the four-day bank holiday weekend in June 2012, and for the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA said: “Pubs were right at the heart of celebration up and down the country on Royal Wedding Day, and the Government deserves credit for the extended opening hours so people could really enjoy the day.

“As everyone turns their minds to next summer’s huge celebrations - the Diamond Jubilee and the national showcase that is London 2012 - let’s give pubs the chance to play their part in getting the party started.”

A request for extended oopening hours for the entire duration of the Oympic Games was not made, as under section 172 of the Licensing Act, extended hours for national celebrations may only be granted for a maximum of four consecutive days.

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