The Government could extend opening hours for pubs and bars during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend, Home Secretary Theresa May has said.
Under the plans, pubs, bars, community and village halls and other licensed venues in England and Wales will be able to open until 1am on Friday 1 June and Saturday 2 June next year.
British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds welcomed the move: "This is good news, as we have been calling for extra hours, which will keep Britain's pubs right at the heart of this huge national celebration, just as they were for the Royal Wedding.
"We will be hoping to persuade the Government to extend this further, and certainly to the Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies."
By Neil Gerrard
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