Pubs bid for £10m trade boost

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PUB bosses want a late-night ex­ten­sion and a bank hol­i­day to cel­e­brate the wed­ding, hop­ing for a £10mil­lion boost for the trade.

They are urg­ing Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd to let them stay open un­til 1am as mil­lions join the cel­e­bra­tions next May.

Down­ing Street has al­ready ruled out calls for an ex­tended break. But Bri­tish Beer and Pub As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Brigid Sim­monds said: “There’s no bet­ter way to cel­e­brate a royal wed­ding than with fam­ily and friends in your lo­cal.”

In­dus­try lead­ers want the Gov­ern­ment to let them trade later un­der a “spe­cial oc­ca­sions or­der” of the 2003 Li­cens­ing Act.

Longer hours at Wil­liam and Kate’s wed­ding in 2011 and the Queen’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee in 2012 led to a £20mil­lion boost.

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