Licensing hours are extending

Pubgoers in Harborough were looking forward to extra drinking time 50 years ago this week.

Pubs were successful in applying to stay open until 11.30pm on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day 1964 and until midnight on New Year’s Eve.

The decision was made by Harborough Magistrates’ Court on December 1, 1964, following an application by the Market Harborough and District Licensed Victuallers’ Association.

Mr A J Lane, the group’s secretary, made the application on behalf of all licensees in the area. He told the bench Harborough venues needed to keep pace with their counterparts in other county areas who had obtained extensions.

Police raised concerns about drink-driving after a recent nationwide campaign.