Britain’s pubs are an essential part of our nation’s fabric and now need your support more than ever.
The bar trade was already struggling before Covid struck. Since the turn of the century more than a quarter of pubs have shut.
Then came the pandemic which has caused the loss of 2,500 establishments in 12 months.
We are not just losing our local watering holes. We are losing places where people can socialise, meet new friends and hold family celebrations. Our pubs support local sports teams, raise money for charity and boost neighbourhood spirit.
They are also meeting places for societies and venues for comedy and live music.
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That is why we urge people to support pubs and bars when they open again on Monday for outdoor drinking.
You will not just be helping your local, you will be saving a lynchpin of your community.
Peace at risk
The Northern Ireland peace process was built on good intentions but brittle foundations.
To prevent a return to the dark days of the Troubles has required a concerted diplomatic and political effort. This week’s violence is a reminder of how fragile the situation remains.
Northern Ireland’s leaders have not helped by stoking sectarian resentments. But blame also lies with Boris Johnson.
He broke his word by imposing border checks with the rest of the UK. He ignored warnings that his hard Brexit could inflame tensions and risk the peace process.
Mr Johnson and the EU now need to work together to find a solution to this crisis even if it means reopening the Brexit treaty.
Ain’t he good?
Sir Alex Ferguson’s horses yesterday notched up a hat-trick of wins on the opening day of Aintree.
The former Manchester United boss must wish he’d always had it this easy when he visited Liverpool.