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Brits go wild on May Day Sunday as revellers face a Bank Holiday hangover

Thirsty Brits threw themselves into the May Day Bank Holiday with abandon over the weekend, with messy pub crawls, piggy-back races and even an impromptu light sabre battle breaking out.

After months of restrictions due to Covid, people across the country were ready to let their hair down and pubs and clubs were packed with young people out on the prowl and looking for fun. Slightly too much fun in some cases.

A few revellers were spotted slightly the worse for wear and needing to be carried home. A few even decided a nice quiet lie-down in the street might be a good idea.

Even though the weather was a little hit-and-miss, with some northern cities such as Leeds getting rained on while the south east basked in spring sunshine, nothing was going to dampen the spirits of determined partygoers.

And despite the unpredictable weather, t-shirts and skimpy dresses were the order of the day, fashion-wise, with hardly any coats to be seen.

It was a weekend of hard partying, and bars came close to running out of booze in some cases, with some 50 million pints reportedly being downed in the three-day knees-up.

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This is the first May Bank Holiday weekend without pandemic restrictions in three years and triggered a mad rush to the bar, as Brits were determined to get the drinks in.

A source at a major UK pub company said: “Our pubs had to get extra orders in. It’s a bumper weekend thanks to one of the first bank holidays since Covid. Drinkers are making the most of it”.

Luke Dearden, general manager of The Sydney Arms in Chelsea, west London, said: “We’ve had to increase beer orders by 20 to 25% this weekend. “Breweries have been making sure we have enough stock. It’s a big weekend.”

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A spokesperson from the British Beer & Pub Association said: “The May bank holiday is providing a welcome boost to pubs, with customers enjoying their local.”

But the sunny Bank Holiday weekend was also marked by crime, with 48 hours of violence in London that left one man dead.

Fights broke out across the capital, and one man was left dead after being stabbed outside a bar in Greenwich. Another man was slashed across the face in nearby Woolwich while in Chingford, east London, a teenager was hospitalised with head injuries after a fight.

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After the fatal stabbing near Greenwich train station British Transport Police released a statement which read: "Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a man was stabbed in Greenwich in the early hours of this morning (1 May).

“Officers from British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police were called to Greenwich High Road at 2.15am following reports of a stabbing.

"They quickly attended alongside paramedics from the London Ambulance Service and a man in his 30s was taken to hospital where he very sadly died a short time later. His family have been informed, and detectives from British Transport Police will be leading the investigation."

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There was also a reported rape in Hackney, in east London, on May 1. The victim is currently being supported by specialist officers. The suspect is still believed to be at large.

Police in Birmingham are investigating the unexplained death of a man who was “found lying in the road” in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A police report said: “"Officers and paramedics arrived and he was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The death of the man, who is in his 40s, is currently being treated as unexplained and we are carrying out more enquiries”.

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