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Started by mikeshadow on Feb 13, 2020 2:30:40 AM
75th anniversary of VE Day - extended pub hours

Pubs, clubs and bars, which are licensed to trade until 11pm, will be allowed to open for an additional two hours, on Friday 8 May and Saturday 9 May from 11am until 1am the following morning, to mark the anniversary.

The order, laid in Parliament today, will also apply to premises licensed to provide entertainment such as music, dances, plays and films.

Commemorations and community events will be held across the country to remember the heroism of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel and the contribution of ordinary citizens to the war effort.

TheSwearingBear - 13 Feb 2020 03:13:50 (#1 of 104)

Is watching a play at 1am commemorating the war effort?

Catspyjamas17 - 13 Feb 2020 06:30:58 (#2 of 104)

I hate that they've randomly moved the May Day BH at short notice, a far more ancient celebration than VE Day. Also 75th? 75th rather spurious for a big celebration. 80th maybe.

browserbutton - 13 Feb 2020 06:54:39 (#3 of 104)

Sigh. I suppose these assorted 'Victory' celebrations will become increasingly important as part of the neo-populist narrative going forward.

'Plans to mark VJ Day are also under consideration, and further details will be provided in due course.'

Ginmonkey - 13 Feb 2020 06:56:06 (#4 of 104)

Surely if we really cared we'd get an extra bank holiday not just a moved one.

indlovubill - 13 Feb 2020 06:56:57 (#5 of 104)

It's fuck-all to do with VE, the gammons will be celebrating victory over the EU

SaffronSunrise - 13 Feb 2020 07:06:57 (#6 of 104)

The EU trade negotiators will surely capitulate when they see how we mercilessly move Bank Holidays in order to facilitate our OAPS going out to get shitfaced into the small hours.

<throws plastic chair at wokey naysayer>

Catspyjamas17 - 13 Feb 2020 07:26:16 (#7 of 104)

#4 Exactly.

xDiggy - 13 Feb 2020 08:12:59 (#8 of 104)

If you recall they made a big deal of VE50, but I guess that was a meaningful celebration for a wartime generation largely still with us. Seems like an empty circus now.

DesEsseintes - 13 Feb 2020 08:49:14 (#9 of 104)

They don't like the connotations of May Day, I guess.

Tell 'em they're celebrating the USSR saving Britain's arse instead.

bossab2 - 13 Feb 2020 09:13:26 (#10 of 104)

It'll all be cancelled due to Chronovirus anyway.

FleurDuMal - 13 Feb 2020 09:15:58 (#11 of 104)

I hope it is. I can't think of anything more distasteful than drunken Gammons, wearing Engerlund football shirts, lurching out of Spoons bellowing 'Two World Wars and one World Cup'.


guigal - 13 Feb 2020 09:19:21 (#12 of 104)

The tribute time is between 11pm and 1am, so you have to raise as many glasses as possible in the two-hour time slot to the memory of the heroes who dropped bombs on Dresden and other such great deeds as these.

There will be awards for tribute givers who put the most money in Spoon's coffers.

Tadagee - 13 Feb 2020 09:25:02 (#13 of 104)

You should probably direct your sneeryness at those who directed the bombing of Dresden rather than the aircrew who flew the missions guigal.

guigal - 13 Feb 2020 09:27:05 (#14 of 104)

direct your sneeryness at those who directed the bombing of Dresden rather than the aircrew who flew the missions

Ah. They were only following orders.

Tadagee - 13 Feb 2020 09:29:37 (#15 of 104)

Oh very very dear.

SinnerBoy - 13 Feb 2020 09:29:45 (#16 of 104)

It was horrible and probably a war crime, but it was total war. Do you know who started total war?

The Germans.

guigal - 13 Feb 2020 09:44:34 (#17 of 104)

Tadagee - 13 Feb 2020 09:29:37 ( #15 of 16) Oh very very dear.

You gave that threadbare excuse. Are you raising a glass to Bomber Harris and Churchill or the other true heroes of the victory, then?

guigal - 13 Feb 2020 09:48:00 (#18 of 104)

SinnerBoy - 13 Feb 2020 09:29:45 ( #16 of 17)... The Germans.

Possibly not the actual victims of the Dresden raid.

HouseOfLametta - 13 Feb 2020 09:51:38 (#19 of 104)

What are we doing for VJ day?

Or VD day (when the navy came home).

SinnerBoy - 13 Feb 2020 09:52:52 (#20 of 104)


What are we doing for VJ day?

Storming the Nissan factory, with Molotov cocktails, of course!

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