September 17, 1940
Licensed premises in Liverpool and surrounding districts are closed at 9 p.m. This commenced last Thursday night.
This was announced at Liverpool Licensing Committee, on Tuesday week, by Mr. Ralph Knowles Milne, representing the Liverpool Licensed Victuallers’ Association, who said the consent of the trade generally to this move had been obtained. The decision was unanimously reached at a meeting of the trade.
The agreement would be honourable observed, but the justice were not in position yet to make it compulsory.
“The trade has experienced some difficulty because when houses are closed at certain times customers have gone into clubs which remain open for the sale of intoxicating liquor,” said Mr. Milne.
“The trade hopes that clubs will fall into line with regard to earlier closing so that the sale of intoxicants will cease in the city and surrounding districts at 9 p.m. The trade in surrounding districts have agreed to 9 p.m. closing.”
Mr. Milne added that public-houses would also close at 9 p.m. on Sundays.
A magnificent gesture.
Alderman Austin Harford, who presided, said it was a magnificent gesture by the trade which would enable war work to be carried on in a way most advantageous to the services. It was clear that trade realised the seriousness of the time and were anxious to help in every possible way.
“With regard to clubs, I think it is absurd that while the licensed trade point the finger to observing sobriety, there should be clubs open which provide a greater evil than drunkenness in public-houses,” he added. “The secrecy of clubs cries for redress as quickly as possible, and the police have not the power to deal with those clubs which are a heinous form of social life, particularly at present. I urge the public to back up this fine gesture of the trade in every possible way.”
Alderman Harford urged clubs to observe the 9 p.m. closing for the sale of intoxicants.
His appeal was directed to clubs of every description, high and low, political and social.
(Ormskirk Advertiser: September 19, 1940)