Huddersfield town centre bar, Showtime, is set to open at one minute past midnight on Monday in a bid to steal a march on its rivals.
Ian Snowball and his son Adam who run the Zetland Street hostelry had attempted to open early following the last lockdown on July 4 but were scuppered at the last minute by the government
Adam said: “Last year we appeared to annoy Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, who at the last minute changed the legislation preventing us opening at one minute past midnight, hopefully, he will not do the same again this time.
“The plan is to open only for a limited number of our regulars who have been very patiently awaiting the big day.
“Staff, management and our punters are all very excited about the prospect of being the first to legally sit in our garden and sup down some well-earned British beer – there may be no sun but there will be lots of frivolities.”
Showtime are inviting any of their regulars who have frequented their bar over the past two years and helped to make this one of Huddersfield town centre ‘s success stories to contact them via Facebook.
Fifty lucky people will be put into a hat and attendance will be by invitation only.
Adam Snowball said: “The idea is to have a bit of fun with our regulars, some of whom have been chomping at the bit to get back into Showtime.
“We only have the capacity for limited numbers and also a limited time on our license to run the opening but for some it could be seen as a historic moment in their lives, where they can brag to their grandchildren that they were the first to get a legal drink in Huddersfield after the lockdown.”
Ian added: “Fifty lucky people will be able to join us for our grand reopening.
“But the emphasis is on jollity and we will only be open for an hour-and-a-half until 1.30am. It’s a bit of fun and a chance for us to meet up with a lot of old friends again.”
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