Brits to sink an extra 8.2million pints as pubs open longer for Platinum Jubilee

Thirsty Brits are set to make their way through an extra 8.2million pints in a four day toast to the Queen, a study says.

As pubs extend their opening hours from tomorrow (Thursday, June 2) through to Saturday for the Platinum Jubilee, Real Business Rescue has calculated how many additional pints could be sold.

UK pubs have been granted licences to serve punters for a total of six additional hours this week which could see publicans laughing all the way to the bank on Monday.

For customers however, a sore head is probably more likely to be awaiting them.

According to Real Business Rescue, there will be an extra 8,280,300 pints poured over the bank holiday thanks to the added two hours per day.

That in theory equates to a bonus £33,700,821 for Britain's boozers based on each pub bringing in an average £720.10 of additional revenue.

The big money figures are based on the expectation that pubs will sell 176.93 more pints.

Soaring temperatures will trigger a festive frenzy in pubs, bars, restaurants and at picnics, barbecues and street parties.

The nation is braced for a Wild Wednesday evening rush to the bar as most businesses clock-off until next Monday.

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The British Beer and Pub Association chief executive Emma McClarkin said: "With the sun set to shine we’re hoping to see pub gardens filled with people raising a toast to Her Majesty the Queen and showing their support for two great British institutions.

"The Jubilee weekend is set to be a joyous occasion with pubs up and down the country at the heart of celebrations in their communities.’’

Greene King was planning to sell 6p pints in selected pubs on Monday (May 30) to get the Jubilee celebrations started early.

Instead of the measly price which was the cost of the drink when Queen Elizabeth was crowned, licensing laws meant the company had to give them away for free instead.

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As part of the promotion punters were told to whisper to bar staff the keyword of '1952' – the year the Queen ascended to the throne.

Anyone hoping to get drunk during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend is being warned to be careful who they get a lift home with.

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As more than 180 million pints are set to be downed over the extended bank holiday weekend, many will end their night thumbing a lift back home in a drunken stupor.

But if you get a lift home in the wrong car, you could end up with a huge fine of £2,500.

Insurer Veygo has issued a warning to those who would consider getting a lift home from a learner driver.

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