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No Festival equals no late licenses

Angie Brown

Edinburgh and East reporter

Frankie Benham pours a pint
Frankie Benham
Frankie Benham, assistant manager of Malones in Morrison Street, said the extra revenue from the extra hours would have made a huge difference

The two-hour extended opening times given to pubs during the Edinburgh Festival have been cancelled this summer by licensing officials.

The late licences usually come into operation automatically in August, allowing pubs to stay open until 03:00 and nightclubs until 05:00 while the city hosts the international festival.

Pub owners told the BBC they were disappointed by the decision, saying it would have helped recoup some of their lockdown losses.

Find out what some of them had to say here.