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Everything that will be cancelled or closed following the Queen’s death

A number of establishments could be closing their doors out of respect for Her Majesty

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A state of mourning has officially begun across the UK today following the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

Queen Elizabeth passed away at the age of ninety-six at Balmoral Castle on September 8th, bringing to an end her historical seventy-year reign on the throne.

Yet while the nation grieves the loss of the monarch, questions have been raised as to what should be expected in the coming days and weeks. 

On the day of her funeral, which is anticipated to take place ten days after her death, there could potentially be a bank holiday, with most shops and businesses poised to close or change their operating hours.

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Here are the places and events that will be closed or cancelled:

Shops and retailers

The day of the Queen’s funeral will be a Day of National Mourning, making it a national bank holiday. 

However, documents for ‘Operation London Bridge’ show that the government will not order companies to give their staff the day off on the day of the Queen’s funeral. It will ultimately at the employers discretion as to whether staff get the day off. 

Shops will close or only be open for reduced hours but, again, it will be up to the individual business to decide whether they stay open or allow employees time off.

The London Stock Exchange will also be closed for at least the day of the Queen’s funeral and possibly for several days after – which could cost the economy billions.

Television

Following the news of the Queen’s deteriorating health yesterday, the BBC suspended all usual programming and switched to a special news bulletin dedicated to Her Majesty.

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While there is no obligation for channels to air commemorative news programmes in the wake of the Queen’s death, other broadcasters quickly followed suit. 

As part of its plans, the BBC has announced it will also be suspending all comedy shows from airing over the coming days.

Sport

In the immediate aftermath of Her Majesty’s passing, the English Football League (EFL) took the decision to cancel two matches set to take place last night (September 8th), while a minute’s silence was held during Manchester United’s Europa League game against Real Sociedad at Old Trafford.

The EFL and the Premier League have since postponed all their fixtures this weekend as a mark of respect to the Queen.

However cricket and golf are expected to resume on Saturday (September 10th), with the England and Wales Cricket Board board meeting later. All rugby matches are also expected to go ahead.

As part of Operation London Bridge, all sporting fixtures look set to be cancelled on the Day of National Mourning, which is expected to be on Monday September 19th. 

Schools

Schools are looking set to remain open during the nation’s state of mourning, though headteachers still anticipate guidance by the government.

Reports claim headteachers will soon be informed by the Department for Education (DfE) whether schools should shut at any point during the national period of mourning.

It is likely pupils will be allowed to observe the official national day of mourning on the day of Her Majesty’s funeral.

Pubs and restaurants 

Most hospitality venues are expected to remain open in the coming days, enabling Brits to raise a glass in the Queen’s memory.

As with shops and offices, however, there is no obligation for an establishment to close, with the decision being down to the individual pub or chain. 

However, pubs will be closed for one day in the Isle of Man, which is a British Crown dependency located in the British Isles. The twenty-four-hour period begins on Friday September 9th, and ends on Saturday September 10th. 

Theatres

Theatres up and down the country will continue with their performances, but will be dimming their lights and observing a minute’s silence out of respect for the Queen.

They will also be playing the national anthem and opening books of condolences ahead of performances.

Strikes

A number of planned strikes – including Friday’s forty-eight-hour walk out by Royal Mail workers in a dispute over pay and work conditions – have been postponed in the wake of the Queen’s passing.

General secretary Dave Ward said: “Following the very sad news of the passing of the Queen and out of respect for her service to the country and her family, the union has decided to call off tomorrow’s planned strike action.”

Transport union TSSA is also cancelling planned railway industrial action for September and will be respecting the period of public mourning.

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Ian Brown’s brutal response to fan who asked why he played gig without a band

A number of fans have criticised the singer for performing alone without a band

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Ian Brown gave a savage response to a fan last night following the controversy surrounding his solo Leeds gig over the weekend.

The Stone Roses frontman kick started his first UK tour in a decade at the Leeds O2 Academy on Sunday, with him due to perform at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse this Friday (September 30th). 

However, many fans were left disappointed by Brown’s performance thanks to the absence of the rest of the band, with one concert-goer describing it as him ‘[doing] karaoke and butchering his own tunes.’

Alongside of a video showing Brown singing alone on an empty stage, fan Steven Latham wrote: “Gutted to see @ianbrown turn up to his £40 a ticket, sold out gig at Leeds tonight WITH NO BAND.

I’m a life long fan but it was bad. #ianbrown does karaoke and butchers his own tunes. Most were too p****d to care but I had to get out after this one.”

Another fan slammed the singer for not giving musicians the opportunity to make some money ‘after a difficult few years’, writing: “Musicians and crew need work after a difficult few years.

“Ian Brown can afford to employ people but don’t quite get why he chooses not to?”

However, this comment seemingly touched a nerve with Brown, who scathingly replied in a now-deleted tweet: “I have a crew of 12 out on the road with me [sic] What’s it got to do with you you jealous p***k?”

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The singer also took the time to respond to other fans who enjoyed last night’s concert in Glasgow, with him writing: “GLASGOW. HATERS HATE AND LOVERS LOVE!”

Other concert-goers praises Brown’s performance last night, with another fan noting: “Far more honest to play to a backing track on your own, than be in a band pretending to be 100% live yet playing along to a backing track.”

A second added: “This was an amazing show. Cool and surprising concept for Ian Brown to just present himself, the man and king on stage. He sounded great. Fans had a great time.”

Ian Brown’s headline tour continues tonight in Edinburgh, with following shows scheduled for Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and London.

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Ian Brown fans ‘gutted’ after singer plays sold-out gig with no band and ‘butchers own tunes’

’50 quid to see Ian brown off his head doing karaoke like he’s in Neptune’s bar’

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Ian Brown fans have been taking to social media to express their disappointment after the Stone Roses singer performed a sold-out gig without a band. 

Brown kick-started his first UK tour in a decade at the Leeds O2 Academy last night, with him due to perform at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse this Friday (September 30th).

Despite the anticipation surrounding the tour, however, fans were left disappointed by Brown’s performance last night thanks to the absence of the rest of the band, with one concert-goer describing it as Brown ‘[doing] karaoke and butchering his own tunes.’

Alongside of a video showing Brown singing alone on an empty stage, fan Steven Latham wrote: “Gutted to see @ianbrown turn up to his £40 a ticket, sold out gig at Leeds tonight WITH NO BAND.

“I’m a life long fan but it was bad. #ianbrown does karaoke and butchers his own tunes. Most were too p****d to care but I had to get out after this one.”

After his video went viral, Steven followed up his tweet by writing: “Feel a bit bad about this now, I was just so disappointed.

“We all know Ian can’t sing but there’s always a band to bring it together. Some onstage chemistry, the drummer’s energy, the guitarist’s musicianship. I think if there’s no band you should tell people up front.”

Other fans were quick to express their anger over the gig too, with another concert-goer writing: “50 quid to see Ian brown off his head doing karaoke like he’s in Neptune’s bar.”

Another commented: “Wow, that’s horrific. A massive Roses fan but think he needs to retire gracefully now like.”

However, some fans were quick to defend the singer’s performance, with one person writing: “Top night in Leeds thanks to Ian Brown. Ignore the twitter w*****s, I was there and I saw a sold out show full of people on their feet enjoying every minute.”

A second commented: “Thank you Ian Brown for the best concert ever at Leeds 02 Academy. You were incredible.”

Ian Brown’s headline tour continues tonight in Glasgow, with following shows scheduled for Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool and London.

 

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Furious man confronts fly-tippers dumping huge 7ft fridge in Salford

The fly-tippers were forced to carry the fridge back

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A furious homeowner has shared the moment he caught two fly-tippers dumping a huge 7ft fridge next to his house in Salford.

David Holmes, forty-seven, came across two men attempting to leave an old fridge on his property near Edward Avenue over the weekend. 

He filmed the altercation and shared the video onto TikTok, where it has since had over 1.4 million views.

In the explosive clip, David could be heard asking the men: “Why have you put that there next to my f*****g house?”

The fly-tippers, who reportedly run a local takeaway in the area, were evidently not expecting to be caught out and, in a second video, could be seen carrying the fridge back while quietly apologising. 

David told the Manchester Evening News that he had initially called Salford Council to report the fly-tippers after catching them in the act from his house but, being unsatisfied with their response, ‘lost control’ and went out to confront them himself.

He explained: “We have had problems with fly-tippers on this location but we go out there and pick it up. But obviously when it’s a seven foot fridge you can’t pick that up and put it in a bin.

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“I called the council and they said they were going to come and remove it but I said ‘no, they need charging and fining’.

“When I first seen it I felt rage because last night I saw them taking that fridge out the shop. Why would you dump something like that next to our house, they’re supposed to be my neighbour, they can’t go around dumping stuff.”

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David said the council needs to do more to combat fly-tippers, adding: “I wanted them to come down to take some names and ID’s. Charging and fining is the only way this will stop.”

Councillor Barbara Bentham, lead member for environment and community safety, Salford City Council, said: “Salford City Council received a call from a resident about an encounter with fly-tippers.

“Enforcement officers visited the site. At this stage no offence has been committed but this case is not closed and officers are investigating further with the information provided.If residents do spot fly-tipping we would advise them not to confront offenders.

“Instead, they should record details such as personal descriptions along with the registration number and make and model of any vehicles used. Residents should stay safe while they are doing this and pass all the information they have gathered to the council.”

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