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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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pub-hours-extended-to-mark-75th-anniversary-of-ve-day

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InternationalVicar - 14 Feb 2020 19:23:55 (#101 of 104)

Didn't the Clydebank raid prevent the imminent shipyard strike? Nobody had a home to go to, and there was very evidently a war on, so they went back to work and stayed there.

ChankNolen - 14 Feb 2020 19:28:54 (#102 of 104)

Bristol and Coventry both good demonstrations of the ease with which you could set a mediaeval town centre on fire. See also (but more so) Hamburg, Darmstadt etc.

Berlin, by virtue of having wide boulevards and lots of green space, stubbornly refused to burn.

It's a shame Rgt doesn't post anymore, he was always worth arguing with on the efficacy of area bombing.

DesEsseintes - 14 Feb 2020 19:43:44 (#103 of 104)

Must go to Coventry again one day some day.

HouseOfLametta - 14 Feb 2020 20:00:54 (#104 of 104)

Years ago I had to go to Coventry for a three day course with a colleague.

He was a nice enough chap but a real Ledge Bants Rugger Bugger Bastard type, and We didn't have much in common.

I insisted we went to the cathedral, I'd always wanted to see it, and. I was fairly convinced my request would freak him out a bit, which was important. I take my entertainment where I can.

We went, and I have to say it's an impressive and remarkable building. I like a modern church, and as a statement of rebuilding and reconciliation it is powerful.

I wandered around looking at the glass and strange jaggedy embroidered things and whatever. My workmate looked bored and lost.

Eventually I saw him reading a plaque, and I heard a strange, strangled noise.

He'd completely gone, sobbing, great choked sobs, snot everywhere, I had to sit him down fast.

We spent the evening in the hotel bar, with him telling me all about his family, and boarding school and all the small tragedies and lonlinesses of his life, and, crucially, paying.

The next day he was back to normal, and I was sworn to secrecy.

Extraordinary.

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