A VILLAGE pub in a quiet Holmfirth village is ready to booze around the clock.
Or rather, not quite!
For The Red Lion, in Jackson Bridge, is the only pub in Kirklees to be granted a 24-hour licence.
From next Thursday, drinkers up and down the UK will be able to get a pint whenever they want.
New licensing laws mean the metropolitan centres of Britain - London, Manchester, Jackson Bridge - will become 24-hour boozing hot spots.
But at The Red Lion, landlords have admitted the 24-hour licence was not exactly planned.
Landlord and landlady John Taylor, 47, and Suzy Bell, 54, have reassured neighbours by confirming they are not planning on turning the 100-year-old pub into a rave.
John said: "We have always been able to serve people who stay in the rooms for bed and breakfast after hours because they are residents.
"When I was filling out the licensing form I think I put some wrong figures in wrong boxes.
"But we are delighted to have got the flexibility to open whenever we want - but it will only be for very special occasions.
"If we have trips or a coach party going somewhere we can serve.
"And if we want to serve a bit later then we can do that as well."
The Red Lion was the only pub in Kirklees to apply for 24 hour licensing.
The pub along with Asda supermarkets, in Bradley and Dewsbury, and Tesco, in Huddersfield and Batley, are the only places to be granted the round-the-clock licence.
John, a former IT engineer, said locals had joked if he did not apply to serve anytime day or night they would have gone to the Licensing Committee hearing to object.
Regular Chris Wakefield loves the pub so much he goes almost everyday on the bus from his Dalton home. But he doubts he will be up all night drinking at his favourite watering hole.
"I can't imagine there will be many times when we will be drinking too late," he said.
"It is great the pub can open if it wants though. I love the atmosphere here - the banter is great."
To celebrate John and Suzy are opening at 6.30am next Thursday - when the new hours become legal - to serve beer and breakfast.