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Border boozers back in the news

Created on 29/06/2020 @ 12:04
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Llanymynech is used to being the focal point for alcohol law stories due to the English border slicing through the village, and it's back in the news again.

The former Red Lion hit the headlines regularly through the 1980’s when Sunday alcohol laws were relaxed in England but not in Wales, so patrons could only buy a drink in one part of the pub (the Shropshire side).

The pub may sadly be closed these days, but the national spotlight has returned to Llanymynech with two of the village’s three pubs set to open on the English side this Saturday, leaving The Dolphin, on the Welsh side, closed.

The Times reported that Dawn Turner, who runs the pub with husband, John, was “devastated” at having to watch fellow village landlords prepare for their long awaited return.

“Just across the road, two pubs will be open and we won’t be able to. We’re worried that if the Welsh don’t allow us to reopen, will they give us another grant to keep us going?” she told the newspaper.

Scotland and Northern Ireland will also be reopening their pubs or beer gardens in some shape or form over the coming week, but Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford has been taking a far more cautious approach to the rest of the UK.

Schools have finally reopened today in Wales, following on from shops last week, but many industries like hospitality, tourism and beauty are still in the dark.

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