Are there any parties and will the church bells ring in Sheffield to mark Brexit this week?

Love it or hate it, there's no escaping that this Friday will see Britain leave the European Union.

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 2:45 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd February 2020, 2:14 pm

January 31 at 11pm will officially mark the moment of Brexit – and a number of events are being staged nationally to mark the occasion.

But is anything happening locally?

Here are the events that we know are taking place in Sheffield.

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Sheffield will be marking Brexit in differernt ways.

The Friendship pub in Stocksbridge is marking the historic day with a big bash.

The pub on Manchester Road has announced that its usual Friday happy hour will run all day, from noon till late, with customers able to double up on spirits for £1.50 so they can either raise a toast or drown their sorrows, depending on their political views.

There will also be a buffet and a DJ playing tunes from the 70s, when the UK joined the EU, to the modern day.

Wetherspoons – which is run by prominent pro-Leave campaigner Tim Martin – has not organised any official events, but it is cutting the price of 10 drinks, including a number of beers and vodkas, from Brexit day.

Dubbed the ‘Let’s stay friends’ offer, the chain will reduce the price of select drinks which originate in a range of European countries by approximately 60p. These include drinks from Germany, France, Spain, Poland, Holland and Ireland, as well as from across the UK.

Sheffield Cathedral has not stated whether its bells will ring or not - but it is unlikely and other local churches are also expected to avoid marking the occasion as guidance states that bells should not be rung for political reasons – although individual churchwardens can make their own call on whether to ring bells.

While buildings in London are being lit up in red, white and blue Sheffield Council has confirmed it will not be doing anything to mark the event.

Pro-EU and Remain supporting group Sheffield for Europe will gather for candelit vigil just before the Brexit deadline.

Campaigners will gather outside the Town Hall at 10.30pm for the tribute and are also urging people to show solidarity by hanging the EU flag in their window.