Boozers go wild for last night on the lash before second lockdown shuts pubs

Revellers in England made sure their local pubs, bars and restaurants went out with a bang before the second lockdown.

As the clock strikes midnight England will enter its second lockdown in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus.

At 10pm, every pub, bar and restaurant across the nation will have rang the bell for last orders and keep their doors closed until at least December 2.

It has been five months since Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the hospitality industry could reopen after the first lockdown.

Businesses have fought hard to recoup losses but now prepare for another major blow as punters are told to stay at home for another month.

Punters queued for Wetherspoons pub, George's Meeting House in Exeter on Tuesday evening after the chain slashed the price of all real ale pints to just 99p to avoid having to pour beer down the drain.

Demand was so high that many beers were unavailable to order via the app, with others being removed from the menu as the night progressed.

The Ice Wharf's beer garden in Camden, north London was as rammed as social distancing would allow as pals seized their final opportunity to catch up over a drink.

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John Newman, co-owner of The White Horse in Witcham, East Cambridgeshire, told Cambridgeshire Live: "We’ll have a last hurrah for the month and then see how we come out the other end."

The pub had been opening only on Fridays and weekends after the pandemic slashed footfall but made an exception for Wednesday's send-off.

Like its namesake The White Horse in Eaton Socon, St Neots, also had its tables booked out by supportive locals wanting a final night of revelry.

John said that since re-opening in July, they have had to rely on volunteers who organised a rota amongst themselves.

The co-owner said: "They’ve really been a godsend to us, it’s been absolutely fantastic.

"This is a 160-year-old pub and we don't want to be the ones who are known as the last landlords."

It all got a bit much for one man exiting Pipers in Newland Avenue, Hull as he was snapped vomiting just yards away from the bar shortly before closing.

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As everyone at Piper's was met with the full force of the 10pm curfew, a group of young people looked to be preparing to continue their nights elsewhere.

Regulars at the Melbourne Inn, Plymouth were through the doors before midday and admitted they would not pass up the chance to get merry together for the last time in a while.

Punter Golly, 75, told Plymouth Live: "I don’t drink at home, so I shall probably leave here p*ssed tonight.

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"Some people drink at home, and I find that quite boring on your own. The place to get drunk and have a good time is in the pub.

"That’s where most of my fun is. It's a good crowd and still busy, even though we’ve got to sit down and all this.

"The lockdown has to be done. It's sad, but it's for the best."

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