Britishs party hard on Bank Holiday weekend despite chilly weather and closed clubs


Brits have been celebrating the late August Bank Holiday by visiting bars and hitting the street in cities and towns around the country.

 Revellers were seen partying hard in Leeds and Sheffield, despite nightclubs still being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Even though the weather has been chilly and windy during the night, groups of friends took to the street to celebrate the long weekend.

Two girls were spotted wearing face masks with their party dresses, but many others did not wear one.

Revellers were drinking in the street - with some having too many drinks to the point that they vomited in the street.

Party-goers ready for a night out were also seen in Newcastle.

In Leeds, some people joined a local busker, singing and dancing together.

Party-goers hit Birmingham’s city centre and queued up to get into some of the bars that have reopened since the coronavirus lockdown.

One woman was wheeled into an ambulance after she was unable to walk home.

Her friends reportedly took care of her before paramedics arrived.

Revellers were also seen in central London, with a woman photographed as she lay on the pavement in Soho.

Manchester also saw people going out and flouting coronavirus lockdown rules as party-goers were seen drinking and hugging across the city.

A man in Newcastle was seen with a face mask on his forehead as he smiled at his friends.

Several police forces, including Metropolitan Police, urged people not to join unlicensed events which put communities at risk due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The force tweeted: "Unlicensed music events are illegal, dangerous and often linked to anti-social behaviour and violence.

"People who attend unlicensed music events are putting themselves, their families and their communities at risk.

"Please think about others and stay at home."

Tougher fines have been introduced ahead of the Bank Holiday targeting the most serious breaches of social distancing restrictions.

The new regulations, which came into force on August 28, aim to prevent further spread of the virus.

Those facilitating or organising illegal raves, unlicensed music events, or any other unlawful gathering of more than 30 people may face a £10,000 fine.

Fines of £100 can continue to be issued to those who participate in illegal gatherings.

Those who have already received a fine will see the amount of doubled on each offence, up to a maximum of £3,200.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "These gatherings are dangerous and those who organise them show a blatant disregard for the safety of others.

"I am pleased the police have already stepped up their response and I am giving them the tools they need to continue to keep us safe.

"We will continue to crack down on the small minority who think they are above the law."

In areas of concern – such as Leicester and Greater Manchester - deployments have already been larger than on New Year’s Eve.

National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Unlicensed Music Events, Commander Ade Adelekan, said: "We welcome this further deterrent against those who irresponsibly put people’s health and safety at risk by organising these events. Unlicensed music events are unlawful and unregulated.

"These events are hosted without regard for the safety of those attending, and police have observed cases of anti-social behaviour, sales of drugs and gang activity.

"It is vital that forces obtain information about any illegal events at the earliest opportunity.

"As organisers are able to spread the word about these events quickly online, timely information about suspicious activity or plans enables forces to plan ahead and take effective action against them."

It comes as Brits are experiencing one of the coldest ever August Bank Holiday weekends.

Temperatures dropped to as low as 6C overnight with more miserable, chilly weather forecast on Sunday and Monday.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Reading and Leeds festivals have been cancelled.

The Notting Hill Carnival has moved online for the first time ever.


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