Pubs and bars will be allowed to serve alcohol outside of their licensed hours to celebrate the final of the Women’s World Cup.
Medway Council is letting its licensed premises which are not normally able to sell alcohol between 10am and 2pm do so on Sunday (August 20) – but only if they are showing the match.
It is so residents across the Towns who want to get together and watch the game at their local are able to.
A spokesman said: “We are delighted that the Lionesses have reached the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time in their history.
“We hope all residents have a good and safe time supporting the Lionesses and are wishing them good luck. If you are planning on drinking alcohol, please drink responsibly.”
It has asked businesses which are planning to open and serve alcohol to do so responsibly and ensure customers do not cause a nuisance to their neighbours.
If there are any issues, the local authority has warned enforcement action may be taken.
The Lionesses got through to the final after a 3 – 1 win against Australia on Wednesday (August 16), with the winning goal scored by Kent’s very own Alessia Russo.
Crowds across the country erupted in celebration, especially at Chatham Town FC which opened its doors to football supporters to enjoy the momentous occasion.
With cheeks painted in England flags and a sea of hats and kits, young fans and their parents packed into the bar just before 11am for the tense semi-final game.
Club Chairman Kevin Hake is inviting fans back to watch the winning team in the final on Sunday and to enjoy his team’s match for free.
The Lionesses will be taking on Spain in this weekend’s final. Kick-off is at 11am.
This morning it was widely reported that cabinet minister Michael Gove had written to councils across England to do everything they can to help venues seeking to extend their hours for the game.
Levelling Up Secretary Mr Gove said: “The whole nation is ready to get behind the Lionesses this Sunday in what is England’s biggest game since 1966.
“I’ve asked councils to do everything they can to help pubs get open earlier on Sunday, so people can come together and enjoy a drink before kick-off for this special occasion.”
Other councils in Kent have been approached for comment.