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Good news that the government are going to allow all pubs to open until 1 am on the Friday and Saturday of the Diamond Jubilee weekend, without having to go through the rigmarole of applying for a special licence. However, not everyone is happy:
Andrew Langford, chief executive of the British Liver Trust, said the charity did not want to "put a dampener" on a special and significant event, but said extending licensing hours for alcohol lent itself to some criticism.

He said: “It inadvertently sends out the message that in order to celebrate you need alcohol, which contradicts the governments responsible drinking aims.”
Just underlines what a bunch of joyless wowsers the anti-drink lobby are. Perhaps to really celebrate we should have closed the pubs all weekend and drank Her Majesty’s health in sarsaparilla.