REFUSING applications from eight licensees in the Woodhouse Moor area of Leeds for extended hours, Mr J R Hibbart, chairman of Leeds Licensing Bench today said they were asking for 11½ hours of continuous drinking facilities during the visit of the Festival of Britain Exhibition in Leeds from June 23 to July 4.
He granted permission for extra opening from 4pm to 5.30pm instead of from 3pm to 5.30pm and from 10pm to 11pm , for which the licensees had asked.
Mr Hibbart said it was an important application and the Bench considered a continuous 11½ hours of drinking facilities to be excessive.
They had considered the needs of the public, the public utility services and the difficulties of the police force on these special occasions. The extra 1½ hours which they had granted would allow drinking from 11.30am to 3pm and 4pm to 10pm.
Mr W M Hargrave, making the application on behalf of the White Rose Inn, The Bricklayers Arms, Marquis Inn, Pack Horse Hotel, Eldon Hotel, Hyde Park Hotel, Swan with Two Necks, and the Chemic Inn, said the exhibition had been widely advertised and it was expected that two million people from outside the city would attend. These visitors would require refreshment facilities.
Drinks in marquees
He claimed that the two marquees on the Festival site which had been licensed from 11am to 9pm were not sufficient and that in seasonable weather the public did not like to take refreshments in hot tents. People leaving the site should be able to obtain a drink outside, he said.
Mr B Hudson, Deputy Chief Constable, opposing the application, said that when the exhibition was held in Manchester City Hall, only an occasional licence was granted in the hall from 11am to 3pm and 4pm to 10.30pm – the normal closing time in Manchester.
He added, “The police will be stretched to the utmost limit. We do not think that extra facilities should be agreed.”
Drunkenness in Leeds had increased from 862 in 1948 to 1,515 in 1950.
“In our view, any further facilities will only increase that number and might lead to rowdyism and make difficulties for the police.” he said.