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Pubs get World Cup extra time

By thirsty hack Ignatius Rake

Posted March 31, 2014
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BBPA welcomes UK government's decision to relax licensing hours for England World Cup matches.

Following an official consultation period, Secretary of State for the Home Department Theresa May MP has today (31/3/14) announced that the government "has decided to relax licensing hours nationally to mark England's participation in the [2014 World Cup]", granting four-hour relaxations of up to 01:00 so people can watch some overpaid men kick a ball about in Brazil.

"The relaxation of licensing hours will relate to the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises and the provision of late-night refreshment in licensed premises in England at specified dates and times only," she told the Commons.

A full copy of the government response to the consultation can be downloaded as a PDF here.

The news has been welcomed by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), with CEO Brigid Simmonds stating in a press release: "It's really great news, which will put pubs at the heart of a great national event."

"I am particularly pleased that the government has really listened and made sure that common sense prevailed, granting the full four hours after kick off for England games as we had asked."

"I’d like to thank the hundreds in the pub trade who responded, making our views loud and clear."

The BBPA, which has led efforts to secure these extra hours for pubs since last autumn, says that the four-hour extension is needed, "not just because there are group matches starting at [20:00], or later, but also to ensure a smooth dispersal from venues".

To read the BBPA's guidance for pubs during the World Cup, have a click of this.

Meanwhile, to learn more about the World Cup itself, click this and to learn about a proper sport, click this.

Ignatius Rake is a freelance journalist and geographer who has visited more than 70 countries on six continents. A published lyricist, he has fronted punk bands in both the UK and Poland, including the only band ever to be kicked off BBC Radio Cornwall. In 2013, he represented the UK at the Fourth Annual Smoke's Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship in Toronto, coming an abysmal last and getting his arse royally whipped by Rake & Herald reader and world speedscarfing supremo Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut. He has been known to like a pint.

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