No special hours extensions to celebrate royal wedding

LICENSED premises in the Borders will not be given blanket consent to stay open until 1am to allow their customers to celebrate the forthcoming royal wedding.

Publicans and hoteliers, who do not already have the late licence in their operating plans, must apply for the extra drinking time to Scottish Borders Licensing Board six weeks before the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday, April 29.

That was the decision of the board which met on Friday and agreed not to exercise its discretion for an across-the-board one-off extension which has already been granted by the Westminster government for all licensed premises in England and Wales. The granting of a special occasional licence in the Borders will cost premises £10 and applications can be made online via the Scottish Borders Council website. Application forms are available at SBC contact centres.

The income will represent a tiny defrayal of the estimated £62,000 which the additional one-off holiday for the wedding month, will cost the local authority.