Gough v Bristol Licensing Justices: QBD 12 Apr 2002

The applicant sought a special order of exemption to allow him to open his public house for customers to watch the world cup football matches. Previous case law suggested that such events were not ‘special events’ within the Act so as to allow such orders.
Held: Televised sport had now become a major part of public, and pub life, and the World Cup was a major sporting event. There would undoubtedly be local celebration and enjoyment of the event, even if it was not held locally. The magistrates had a discretion to grant an order, and one was now granted.
Lord Woolf, Lord Chief Justice and Mr Justice Harrison
Times 01-May-2002
Licensing Act 1964 74(4)
England and Wales
CitedRegina v Berwyn Justices, Ex parte Edwards 1980
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CitedRegina v Leicester Justices, Ex parte Watchorn 1978
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CitedRegina v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, Ex parte Maynard 1982
The licensee sought a special hours certificate for a boxing match being held in the US.
Held: The word ‘special’ was to be used in its ordinary sense, and refer to some local or national event with some connection with those attending the . .

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Updated: 22 January 2021; Ref: scu.170171