Brits hit the pubs for alfresco booze-up on first weekend since Covid rules eased with pubs expecting to sell 6m pints

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BRITS hit pubs and beer gardens for an alfresco booze-up on the first Saturday since restrictions eased across England.

Punters made the most of their new freedoms yesterday after April 12 saw Covid restrictions ease and allow pals to meet outdoors at a pub or cafe in groups of six.

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Brits hit the pubs in Leeds to make the most of their first weekend of freedom

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Brits hit the pubs in Leeds to make the most of their first weekend of freedomCredit: NB PRESS LTD

Excited Brits beamed as they grabbed a pint outside

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Excited Brits beamed as they grabbed a pint outsideCredit: NB PRESS LTD

Brits cheer the glorious return of pints

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Brits cheer the glorious return of pintsCredit: Reuters

One reveller dances for a crowd in Soho

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One reveller dances for a crowd in SohoCredit: Reuters

Across the UK, pub gardens were packed with drinkers since early yesterday morning- with six million pints expected to be drunk

High streets were also busy as an estimated 18.4 million people went shopping and blew more than £1.6billion – but this was still down on pre-pandemic levels, when £2bn was typically spent.

Many shared their first pint with friends last night in months due to the tough lockdown restrictions in place since Christmas.

In Liverpool, friends clubbed together to enjoy a pint in beer gardens across the city centre. 

And in Manchester, queues formed to get into the bustling Deansgate Locks pub gardens.

Yesterday's sunny spring weather encouraged punters out in force as parts of southern England saw temperatures rocket to 16C.

A woman dances the night away in Leeds

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A woman dances the night away in LeedsCredit: NB PRESS LTD

Another woman stumbles in the night in Birmingham

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Another woman stumbles in the night in BirminghamCredit: SnapperSK

Cops were in Soho as revellers enjoy the first Saturday with open pubs

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Cops were in Soho as revellers enjoy the first Saturday with open pubsCredit: LNP

A copper gestures in the middle of a lively crowd

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A copper gestures in the middle of a lively crowdCredit: Reuters

Masked-up pals enjoy a night out in freedom

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Masked-up pals enjoy a night out in freedomCredit: NNP

A lad carries a 12 pack of Corona while his pals walk with a drink in hand in Leeds

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A lad carries a 12 pack of Corona while his pals walk with a drink in hand in LeedsCredit: NB PRESS LTD

A newly-wed couple kiss in Borough Market

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A newly-wed couple kiss in Borough MarketCredit: Reuters

Friends celebrated their new freedoms with drinks in Manchester's beer gardens

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Friends celebrated their new freedoms with drinks in Manchester's beer gardensCredit: John Gladwin

In leafy Wimbledon, pub drinkers opted for deck chairs

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In leafy Wimbledon, pub drinkers opted for deck chairsCredit: Rex

Friends met up in outdoor beer gardens across Liverpool city centre

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Friends met up in outdoor beer gardens across Liverpool city centreCredit: LNP

A group of mates celebrated the reopening of pubs in Liverpool

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A group of mates celebrated the reopening of pubs in LiverpoolCredit: LNP

Some dressed up more than others for their first outing to the pubs

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Some dressed up more than others for their first outing to the pubsCredit: LNP

London's Regent Street was packed as shoppers returned to the high street

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London's Regent Street was packed as shoppers returned to the high streetCredit: LNP

Friends gathered for drinks and food in London after coronavirus restrictions were eased this week

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Friends gathered for drinks and food in London after coronavirus restrictions were eased this weekCredit: w8media

Punters use a blanket to keep warm in Newcastle

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Punters use a blanket to keep warm in NewcastleCredit: NNP

The warm weather looks set to stay for the next three days with southern England due to see temperatures rise up to 18C early next week. 

Since pubs reopened on April 12, some pubs with big outdoor areas have reportedly traded ten times higher than before Covid. 

On Friday night, boozed up Brits danced in the streets as scuffles broke out at some reopened beer gardens.

Millions flocked to newly-reopened bars after lockdown restrictions were eased in England this week.

Deansgate Locks were packed with Saturday punters in Manchester

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Deansgate Locks were packed with Saturday punters in ManchesterCredit: John Gladwin

Clusters of deck chairs were seen in Wimbledon, London

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Clusters of deck chairs were seen in Wimbledon, LondonCredit: Splash

Bournemouth's beaches were also full as Brits headed out in the sunshine

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Bournemouth's beaches were also full as Brits headed out in the sunshineCredit: BNPS

Punters delighted in the lockdown easing in Liverpool last night

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Punters delighted in the lockdown easing in Liverpool last nightCredit: LNP

Friends headed out for a drink together yesterday evening in Leeds

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Friends headed out for a drink together yesterday evening in LeedsCredit: nb press ltd

Police patrol as members of the public relax and enjoy the sunny weather in Hyde Park in central London

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Police patrol as members of the public relax and enjoy the sunny weather in Hyde Park in central LondonCredit: LNP

A large sign warns the public that Primrose Hill in North West London will close at 10pm

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A large sign warns the public that Primrose Hill in North West London will close at 10pmCredit: LNP

Around 1.5million pub punters are set to make up for lost time on the first Saturday session for all areas of England since October.

Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Pubs and pub-goers are looking forward to the first weekend drinks in months.

"We’re beginning to rebuild our businesses and reconnect our communities.”

Shops have also seen a spike in sales as the high street once again opened their doors to Brits. 

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Queues could be seen across Regent Street, London, as keen shoppers queued to get into their favourite stores. 

Most high street shops have been closed since mid-December, but all non-essential shops have now been reopened in the UK. 

Police could also be seen across London high streets to ensure social distancing remained in place.

Soho was packed with happy sun-seeking Brits having a drink

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Soho was packed with happy sun-seeking Brits having a drinkCredit: w8media

Crowds of people enjoying their afternoon in London

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Crowds of people enjoying their afternoon in LondonCredit: w8media

People flocked to Bournemouth beach today

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People flocked to Bournemouth beach todayCredit: w8media

Police were patrolling parts of London to ensure social distancing remained in place

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Police were patrolling parts of London to ensure social distancing remained in placeCredit: LNP

Queues could be seen in shops on Regent Street, London

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Queues could be seen in shops on Regent Street, LondonCredit: LNP

Brits start the weekend early as drinkers bask in sunshine in parks, beaches and pub beer gardens

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