The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has called on the government to relax licensing laws during the public holiday for the royal wedding. It has written to Home Secretary Theresa May following the announcement that Friday 29 April — the day of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s marriage — will be a public holiday. The wedding will fall in the week after the Easter bank holiday (22 to 25 April) and the week before the spring bank holiday (2 May), meaning pubs can cash in on two consecutive long weekends. Kate Nicholls, the ALMR’s, head of communications, said: “ÁLMR will be writing immediately to the secretary of state asking her to make use of the powers under the Licensing Act 2003 to deregulate trading hours over this period as happened at the Golden Jubilee “This will help ensure that the nation’s pubs can play their part in helping deliver the down-to-earth celebration and feel good factor the royal family has said it wants and will ease the red tape headache for local authorities and the police who would otherwise be scrutinizing party plans on a case by case basis. “It’s an ideal opportunity to show that the trade can do what it does best — provide a responsible social space for the community to come together — and demonstrate that we can be trusted to deliver responsible retailing. It is also a perfect trial run for the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics the following year.”