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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 - 14 Feb 2020 13:55:55 (#81 of 104)

Hence brexit.

nemo75 - 14 Feb 2020 14:19:11 (#82 of 104)

Plymouth has definitely declined in the last 20 years. I guess reduction in military numbers.

HouseOfLametta - 14 Feb 2020 14:21:43 (#83 of 104)

Three of the places I've lived have claimed to be "most bombed" outside London. I think it's like "oldest pub" depends how you measure it.

My home town said it was something like "most bombed by head of population" it's a competitive business.

Tadagee - 14 Feb 2020 14:23:10 (#84 of 104)

I lived in Coventry for a while. That's got to be up there in the 'Bombed to Fuckery' awards.

guigal - 14 Feb 2020 14:23:21 (#85 of 104)

Hence brexit.

Wartime bombing would be a perverse reason for leaving the EU, which guarantees peace among members of the association. The drum to which Brexiters march beats to the sound of threats against our neighbours. Sink their fishing boats, capture Spanish ships off Gibraltar, shoot down their planes, smash the EU economy.

Heckler - 14 Feb 2020 14:24:42 (#86 of 104)

I guess reduction in military numbers.

Certainly a factor in the decline of a number of garrison towns.

SinnerBoy - 14 Feb 2020 14:26:15 (#87 of 104)

I knew Plymouth had it hard, but had thought that Sunderland had the worst of it. There are news stories on the subject.

Sunderland was the world's largest ship producer, back then. A lot of the town was flattened, but the Nazis did do much damage to the docks and shipyards, which were the actual targets.

HouseOfLametta - 14 Feb 2020 14:28:31 (#88 of 104)

Hull was pretty comprehensively destroyed, a lot of these places were on the way to or back from other places and just got unloaded on.

Hull's the only place I know with an authentic bombsite.

solomongursky - 14 Feb 2020 15:34:48 (#89 of 104)

Leytonstone got bombed in both World Wars so Manchester isn't fit to clean Leytonstone's boots.

FGBFGB - 14 Feb 2020 15:50:14 (#90 of 104)

Clydebank suffered the greatest proportion of housing damaged and destroyed.

solomongursky - 14 Feb 2020 15:51:37 (#91 of 104)

I always thought it was Stepney. 30%.

HouseOfLametta - 14 Feb 2020 15:52:13 (#92 of 104)

As I said.

A competitive business.

DesEsseintes - 14 Feb 2020 16:02:49 (#93 of 104)

They even had a go at Withernsea for some reason. You can still see the bullet holes in the walls.

HouseOfLametta - 14 Feb 2020 16:05:22 (#94 of 104)

The lighthouse I imagine, a lot of bombing in the war was based on being able to see something. Anything.

solomongursky - 14 Feb 2020 16:13:45 (#95 of 104)

Glasgow suffered the highest number of fatalities (about 650), but in proportion to its population of about 50,000 the burgh of Clydebank suffered the worst. According to an official count in 1942 the Clydebank raids killed 528 people

DesEsseintes - 14 Feb 2020 16:13:51 (#96 of 104)

I suppose so. The lighthouse in the middle of the village. The pier would have already gone by then.

HouseOfLametta - 14 Feb 2020 16:17:06 (#97 of 104)

My little hometown had 200odd killed and several streets obliterated because it was easy to find on the railway and great North road.

Exeter was easy to locate and reasonably lightly defended and suffered awful damage including bombing the maternity hospital.

Not a patch on what happened in Germany or Poland, obv.

JohnIlly - 14 Feb 2020 16:32:45 (#98 of 104)

The lighthouse I imagine, a lot of bombing in the war was based on being able to see something. Anything.

Hence the success of the Starfish decoy sites in persuading the Germans to bomb empty moorland.

HouseOfLametta - 14 Feb 2020 16:35:21 (#99 of 104)

I remember reading about a 200 bomber raid on Bristol, reported as a huge success, the docks on fire and AA fire very limited. Several aircraft lost to fighters.

There was no report of any raids in the UK that night, and there weren't even sirens sounded in Bristol. I sometimes wonder where or what got it.

JohnIlly - 14 Feb 2020 17:47:02 (#100 of 104)

Probably this:

I would have expected sirens to have been sounded, though, unless they bombed a decoy miles away.

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