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Nicholas Waller A Folk Music Novel (43) RE: A Folk Music Novel 09 May 12


"no alcohol on Sundays" That's not how I remember the 70s...

Seems like the last bit of Wales (and the novel in question is set in Wales) to allow alcohol on Sundays did so in 1996, according to "130 years since Sunday drinking was banned in Wales" by Neil Prior, BBC News, Wales.

"the Sunday Closing (Wales) Act 1881 banned the sale of alcohol in Welsh pubs on the Sabbath. It would not be repealed until 1961, when each county was charged with holding a referendum on Sunday opening, to gauge support in their particular area.

"While urban districts such as Swansea, Cardiff and Merthyr ditched the ban at the earliest possible opportunity, many rural and Welsh-speaking counties held on to "dry" Sundays. Dwyfor - now part of Gwynedd - was the last district to drop the ban in 1996."


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