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14th February 2020

BBPA welcomes extended pub hours for VE Day 75

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has welcomed the announcement that pubs in England and Wales will be able to open for longer to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day 75).

The announcement comes after the BBPA led a campaign, including meetings with Home Office officials and letters to the Home Secretary, calling on the Government to extend pub hours for the national celebration. 

Extended pub hours for previous national occasions the BBPA has campaigned for include the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the most recent football World Cup, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Andrew Tighe, Policy Director for the British Beer & Pub Association, comments:

“VE Day 75 will be a wonderful opportunity for the nation to come together at the heart of the local community, the great British pub.

“It is great to see the Government listen to our calls to relax licensing hours for pubs on this special occasion. It will be warmly welcomed by all of those celebrating VE Day 75 to remember the people who gave so much during the war.”



For further information, please contact:

Nick Lawrie, Digital Communications Manager: 020 7627 9156/ 07824 359 013

Adam Beazley, Communications & Campaigns Officer: 020 7627 9155 / 07507 836 708


Notes to editors:

The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.