Later last order’s on Queen’s big day

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COUNCILLORS are to decide if pubs across Fife can remain open longer to toast the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The anniversary celebrations run from June 2-5 - and they could see ALL bars being allowed to open until 1.00 a.m. on the Monday and Tuesday.

That’s one of the suggestions which will go before a meeting of Fife Licensing Board on Monday.

The Scotish Beer And Pub Association and other organisations have approached boards across the country to see if they would be willing to approve the changes to mark the Diamond Jubilee - the first in the country since the days of Queen Victoria.

The Board has the power to extend last orders for one-off festivals and events, and members are expected to discuss the issue next week.

Many bars close early at the start of week - or simply don’t open as trade is so quiet.

But the anniversary celebrations could give them an extended weekend as the May holiday has been moved to Monday, June 4, while Tuesday has been declared a public holiday.

And that could generate bumper takings as people take part in the celebrations, and enjoy the time off work.

The Board can apply an extension across Fife or specific parts, and determine how long pubs can stay open, but it is unlikely they would sanction doors staying open beyond 1.00a.m.

On Monday the board members will be asked to finalise their decision for the jubilee weekend.