Cheers, ma’am! Longer opening hours at Norfolk and Suffolk pubs to toast Queen’s 90th birthday

Manager of the Queens Head at Hethersett, Phillippa Bond, front, with some of her regulars celebrati

Manager of the Queens Head at Hethersett, Phillippa Bond, front, with some of her regulars celebrating the extended pub hours for the Queen's 90th birthday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

The nation will raise a glass as pub hours are extended to toast the Queen's 90th birthday.

Landlords across Norfolk and Suffolk are busily organising reg-ale celebrations following David Cameron's announcement at Prime Minister's Questions.

He revealed that opening hours would be extended on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11.

The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year - her actual birthday on April 21 and her official birthday on a Saturday in June, this year on June 11.

And, amid a weekend of street parties and special events, publicans will be pleased to pour - to selectively quote the National Anthem.

Sheila Roythorne runs the Coach and Horses in Dersingham, near the Queen's rural retreat at Sandringham, with her daughter Helen.

She said: 'We are already having a party weekend to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, incorporating St George's Day, as well.

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'It's a good idea, but it means I'll probably get even less sleep than usual.'

Phillippa Bond is manageress of The Queen's Head, in Queens Road, Hethersett.

'We will try to get commemmorative beer in and decorate the place with bunting,' she said. 'The last really big thing we did was the royal wedding.

'Everyone gets behind it.'

Tracey Kareche is the landlady of the Kings Head in Woodton near Bungay.

For a rural pub, Mrs Kareche said events like the Queen's birthday were a great opportunity to put on an event for the whole village, and she was considering hosting a special evening.

'I think our regulars that come in here would definitely get behind it,' she said. 'And being a country pub people do love coming in here from the village on a Friday and Saturday night.

'If we can stay open later, we can make a big thing of it.

'People will be expecting us to do something and I think they'd really enjoy it.'

And although it will be the Queen's birthday, the pub is having a special visit from The King with an Elvis impersonator performing at the pub that weekend.

Liam O'Sullivan, landlord of the Gallery Bistro on Fakenham's market place, said: 'We'll be having a party, it's a good opportunity for the public to celebrate.'

There will be a series of special events nationally over the June weekend, including a street party in The Mall in London, a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral and the traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade.

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