Plea for Bedford pubs to open earlier for World Cup final this weekend

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The Government is encouraging councils in England to get pubs open earlier on Sunday ahead of the Lionesses’ historic World Cup final.

The Secretary of State for Levelling Up has written to council leaders asking them “to continue doing everything they can” to help every pub that wants to host this historic occasion and support the Lionesses.

Although many venues can show the game within their usual opening hours, others may require additional permission to be able to serve alcohol as well.

Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove said: “The whole nation is ready to get behind the Lionesses this Sunday in what is England’s biggest game since 1966.

“I’ve asked councils to do everything they can to help pubs get open earlier on Sunday, so people can come together and enjoy a drink before kick-off for this special occasion.”

A spokesperson for Bedford Borough Council said: “The majority of licensed premises in the borough do already have licences which allow them to open before 11am on Sunday.

“The council is unable to authorise a change to licensing hours or approve a Temporary Event Notice for Sunday’s Final.

“We hope residents across Bedford Borough will come together and celebrate this huge achievement and we will all be roaring on the Lionesses this weekend.”

by John Guinn
Local Democracy Reporter

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