Confirmation that pub opening hours will be extended for the 75th anniversary of VE Day has been welcomed.

The government has announced that pubs which are licensed to trade until 11pm will be allowed to open for an additional two hours on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 from 11am until 1am the following morning, to mark the anniversary.

CAMRA Chairman Nik Antona said: "It's great to see the government extending pub opening hours for this year's VE Day celebrations.

"In doing so, they recognise the community value pubs have. This will allow people to mark the contribution that our armed forces personnel and everyone on the home front made to the war effort.

"We encourage everyone to take advantage of this by getting down to their local and taking part in events run across England and Wales to mark this historic anniversary."

BII COO, Steven Alton added: "Bank Holidays are already a key part of our members' calendars, so the news that they will have an additional 2 hours of trading to help their customers celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day is very welcome.

"With the holiday falling on a Friday, we are hoping for a bumper weekend of trade for our hard working members."

Meanwhile, Andrew Tighe, policy director for the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) said: "VE Day 75 will be a wonderful opportunity for the nation to come together at the heart of the local community, the great British pub.

"It is great to see the government listen to our calls to relax licensing hours for pubs on this special occasion. It will be warmly welcomed by all of those celebrating VE Day 75 to remember the people who gave so much during the war."