Bars issued maydays for additional beer to revellers who turned the bank holiday in to a drinking holiday by sipping 50 million pints during a three-day knees up.
Brits celebrated the first May holiday weekend without pandemic restrictions in three years, despite rainy showers.
According to data from the pub industry, an estimated 50 million pints are expected to be consumed over the weekend.
According to a source from a major UK pub chain, “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 is the general manager at The Sydney Arms in Chelsea (west London). “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.”
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.”
Monday is also a Mayday for Travel ‘Meltdown Monday’ sees 10 million cars on roads’ busiest day of the long weekend – while airports face big passport queues as hundreds of thousands return home.
Daytrippers will clog up coastal routes like the A31 to Dorset and A23 to Brighton, as well as the M55 to Blackpool.
Transport experts believe that millions will drive through the roads despite showers. They will flock to beaches, countryside, and May fairs on traditional May Bank Holiday Days out after Covid.
Tony Rich, spokesperson for AA, stated: “Monday looks the busiest day of the holiday weekend on the roads.
“Although Monday’s weather will be mixed, 10 million vehicles are expected across leisure outings, normal trips and work purposes.
“People want to enjoy themselves after Covid, and May Bank Holiday is a traditional day out.
“Coastal routes, beauty spots, shopping areas and local events will have congestion.”
According to AA Trends, hold-ups also occur on the M25 West between the M3/M4 junctions and at Stonehenge’s A303.
RAC Route Planner data also shows that 2,700 roadworks for councils and utilities remained in effect over the weekend.
After two hours of delays on Friday due to holidaymakers leaving the country, understaffed airports such as Manchester and Birmingham are now ready for passengers returning home.
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Returning airport travellers also face chaos after they leave the terminal – with rail works meaning the Gatwick Express service scrapped and the Stansted Express link using a bus south of the airport.
Multiple works also affect the London-Glasgow rail line on the west coast.
According to travel insiders, congestion is caused by train passengers being dragged onto the roads.