Britain’s on a Bank Holiday bender: Revellers make the most of the long weekend


Party-goers were spotted out in force across the country taking advantage of the last night of the Bank Holiday weekend with the added bonus of some hotly anticipated sunshine.  

Revellers were seen celebrating the end of some lockdown restrictions meaning they were able to meet up with friends in bars since rules were relaxed on May 17. 

The city centres of Leeds and Newcastle were particularly bustling with people enjoying one of their first proper nights out this year.   

Some were seen taking off high heels at the end of their night, particularly painful after a year in lockdown in flat shoes, while others were captured hugging each other since the relaxed rules on contact were announced. 

Women were spotted dressed to the nines in glamorous dresses for their night on the tiles while the men took a more relaxed approach with most opting for jeans and t-shirts. 

Other images showed the sheer amount of people descending on pubs, bars and restaurants.  

Revellers make the most of the spring Bank Holiday weekend by enjoying a Sunday night out on the town in Newcastle

Women were spotted dressed to the nines in glamorous dresses as they hit the town in Leeds

Women were spotted dressed to the nines in glamorous dresses as they hit the town in Leeds

Revellers in very high spirits were spotted laughing during a night out in Newcastle last night

Revellers in very high spirits were spotted laughing during a night out in Newcastle last night

The city centres of Leeds (pictured) and Newcastle were particularly bustling with people enjoying one of their first proper nights out this year

The city centres of Leeds (pictured) and Newcastle were particularly bustling with people enjoying one of their first proper nights out this year 

Women pose for a picture as they go out and celebrate the easing of lockdown restrictions in Leeds

Women pose for a picture as they go out and celebrate the easing of lockdown restrictions in Leeds

A group of women on a night out were seen laughing and posing for pictures in Leeds

A group of women on a night out were seen laughing and posing for pictures in Leeds 

It’s likely that the good weather will remain with us over the long weekend, with forecasters predicting highs of 77F (25C) in some parts of the country today.

The warm weather is expected to stay with us for the first half of June, with the Met Office predicting a heatwave which will continue for the first half of June. 

The long-anticipated late arrival of spring sunshine comes after the third stage of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap to freedom was launched on May 17. 

Since then, people have been able to hug friends and family members, sit inside with them, and jet off on holiday abroad. 

All restrictions are set to lift on June 21, meaning life will return to the closest to normal since lockdown began, with clubs reopening, sport events and festivals being able to take place and social distancing rules being scrapped. 

A woman appears to have become tangled up with a snake held by a man in the street in Leeds

A woman appears to have become tangled up with a snake held by a man in the street in Leeds 

Droves of people were spotted queuing for bars during a night out in Leeds last night

Droves of people were spotted queuing for bars during a night out in Leeds last night 

Bank Holiday revellers were spotted laughing after their friend fell to the ground during a night out in Newcastle last night

Bank Holiday revellers were spotted laughing after their friend fell to the ground during a night out in Newcastle last night 

One woman is lifted by her male companion during a night out in Newcastle last night

One woman is lifted by her male companion during a night out in Newcastle last night

It is thought that working from home guidance and wearing masks in public spaces will still be enforced.  

There are concerns a return to normality could be delayed due to the spread of the Indian mutation. 

Earlier this week, eight areas of England were put under stricter restrictions amid spikes in cases of the Indian variant of the virus.   

People have been warned not to travel Bolton, Blackburn with Darwen, Kirklees, Bedford, Burnley, Leicester, Hounslow and North Tyneside amid cases in those areas.  

Some women were spotted taking a break from the Bank Holiday festivities while on a night out in Newcastle

Some women were spotted taking a break from the Bank Holiday festivities while on a night out in Newcastle

A woman is seen standing outside a bar with a face mask round her neck during a night out in Newcastle last night

A woman is seen standing outside a bar with a face mask round her neck during a night out in Newcastle last night

A group of friends are seen posing for pictures during a night out in Newcastle last night

A group of friends are seen posing for pictures during a night out in Newcastle last night 

Women were spotted posing for pictures during a Bank Holiday night out in Newcastle last night

Women were spotted posing for pictures during a Bank Holiday night out in Newcastle last night 

Revellers were seen toppling over as they posed for pictures during a night out in Newcastle last night

Revellers were seen toppling over as they posed for pictures during a night out in Newcastle last night 

Revellers looked delighted to be enjoying one of their first proper nights out since Covid lockdown was enacted

Revellers looked delighted to be enjoying one of their first proper nights out since Covid lockdown was enacted 

Women were spotted in high spirits as they posed for pictures during a night out in Newcastle last night

Women were spotted in high spirits as they posed for pictures during a night out in Newcastle last night 

A group of party-goers was seen posing for pictures as they enjoyed a sunny day out in Newcastle yesterday

A group of party-goers was seen posing for pictures as they enjoyed a sunny day out in Newcastle yesterday 

Hordes of people were spotted queuing to get into a bar in Newcastle last night

Hordes of people were spotted queuing to get into a bar in Newcastle last night 

Three women were spotted looking glammed up during a night out in Newcastle last night

Three women were spotted looking glammed up during a night out in Newcastle last night 

However, Britain’s vaccination programme means that three-quarters of adults will have  received at least one Covid jab within days – and almost half will be vaccinated with both doses before the end of the week.

Official figures showed earlier this week that 39,068,346 people have had their first shot and 24,892,416 have had the second.

The number of Covid patients being treated in hospital also continues to fall.    

But deaths and hospital admissions have risen slightly. In the past seven days, 59 Covid-related deaths were recorded, up 44 per cent on the previous week, and 870 new hospital admissions, up 23 per cent.

Cases have also risen 23 per cent week on week, with 21,469 recorded in the past seven days.

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