Pub gets ex­tra time to show big fight

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

A PUB has been granted a special events li­cence to stay open past 6am to al­low pun­ters to watch a ma­jor box­ing fight.

The Walmes­ley Arms in Great Har­wood has suc­cess­fully been granted a tem­po­rary event no­tice for the Bank Hol­i­day week­end, which will per­mit them to stay open un­til 6.30am to screen the Conor McGre­gor vs Floyd May­weather Jr fight live from Las Ve­gas.

The event no­tice also al­lows the Queen Street pub to stay open past its re­stricted clos­ing times on Fri­day and Sun­day, un­til 4.30am.

The ap­pli­ca­tion had been due to go be­fore the coun­cil’s li­cens­ing sub-com­mit­tee this week, how­ever, ap­proval was gained be­fore the hear­ing once the li­censee con­firmed that mu­sic would not be played dur­ing the ex­tended hours.

Li­censee John Yeo­man said the screen­ing is a sell­out pri­vate event for about 50 peo­ple.

He said: “There will be a 2am cut off to come in apart from the smok­ing area - there’ll be no other ac­cess.”

In March the coun­cil cut the pub’s clos­ing time from 4.30am back to 2.30am af­ter com­plaints over noise and anti-so­cial be­haviour, but these were amended to 3.30am af­ter the pub ap­pealed to mag­is­trates.

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