VE Day pub opening hours extension confirmed

To mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, the Government have announced that pubs in England and Wales licensed to trade until 11pm, will be able to extend their serving times by an extra two hours. This will take place across Friday 8 May with pubs who have a curfew of 11pm, being allowed to serve until 1am on the following Saturday morning.

Following plans to extend pub licensing hours announced in October, the extension was confirmed on 12 February. In addition to pubs, the extension will also be applied to clubs and cinemas for people to commemorate the day.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “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.

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

The extension to serving hours has been welcomed by the industry and regarded as a great way to mark an iconic anniversary in the focal point of a community.

David Wilson, Director of Public Affairs at British Beer and Pub Association, said: “It is wonderful news that licensing hours for pubs are being extended as part of this special weekend.

“It will be greatly welcomed by people looking to celebrate the occasion and remember those who gave us so much during the war.”