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RECLAIM THE SUMMER NIGHT - EXTENDED LICENCING HOURS

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Party revellers will be able to celebrate the beginning of summer later into the night, under proposals announced b...
Party revellers will be able to celebrate the beginning of summer later into the night, under proposals announced by Home Office minister Lady Blatch today.

The planned changes will mean that:

- on a Sunday morning when the clocks move to British Summer Time, premises will be able to open as normal for two hours after midnight. At present premises lose an hour when the clocks jump forward from 1am to 2am

- nightclub and discotheque owners can obtain provisional special hours certificates for new premises

- special hours certificates which have been revoked will continue to be valid until the hearing of an appeal

Special hours certificates permit the sale of alcohol at dances and discotheques after the end of normal evening licensing hours.

Lady Blatch said:

'These changes are good news for both the partygoer and the nightclub industry. We can all look forward to enjoying this extra opportunity to celebrate the start of the summer.'

The consultation paper on the changes was sent out today and replies are due by Friday 13 October 1995.

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