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Massive number of people reckon pubs should be closed on day of Queen's funeral

Jayden Collins

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Massive number of people reckon pubs should be closed on day of Queen's funeral

If you were looking to commemorate the Queen’s funeral with a cheeky pint or two then it looks like you’re actually in the minority. 

For many raising a glass in Queen Elizabeth II’s honour is the ultimate sign of respect, however, the majority of the United Kingdom believes that pubs should be closed on the day of her funeral. 

In a survey conducted by YouGov, results found that 44 per cent of participants believed closing all alcoholic venues on September 19 was the right thing to do.

Credit: Julian Eales / Alamy
Credit: Julian Eales / Alamy

It was a question that unsurprisingly had the 3,341 surveyed divided in their opinion.

On the contrary, 36 per cent of those asked believed it would be ‘wrong’ to close pubs on that fateful day. 

For 20 per cent of voters, they just weren’t sure what the right actions were to take. 

Monday, September 19 will be a public holiday for the United Kingdom and as such, many supermarkets such as Aldi and Tesco will be closing up shop on the day.

For some, the long weekend will be a time of reflection and commiseration, but for others, it may simply be another day to get on the piss.

A number of pubs and bar groups have decided to keep their doors to the public, with the Stonegate Group announcing they would be showing the funeral on TV.

The Stonegate group has over 300 bars and pubs across the UK.

Even for those that have taken the news of the Queen’s death badly, going to the pub on the day can act as a way to connect with friends and family during what would undoubtedly be a tough time.

A spokesperson for Stonegate group said via The Mirror: “The passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is a momentous and sombre occasion.

"We send our deepest condolences to the Royal Family at this sad time.

"Our Managed pubs, bars and venues remain open and, where possible, will show the funeral on Monday 19 September to honour her life and service."

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

While the survey results were skewed towards voters wanting pubs to remain closed, unsurprisingly the majority of male participants were actually keen to have bars stay open. 

Of those surveyed, 44 per cent of males believed it would be wrong to close the venues on the day of condolence, whereas 29 per cent of female participants disagreed.

London, the site of the Queen’s former residency Buckingham Palace, was the only region to outright vote to keep the beers flowing. 

With over 3,500 pubs in London, according to the London government website, it’s no surprise the city would be in favour of meeting up with mates to say cheers to the Queen.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy. David Levenson / Alamy.

Topics: UK News, The Queen, Food And Drink

Jayden Collins
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