Booze cruise possibilities are highlighted

Booze cruises to Berwick could happen as a result of new minimum pricing rules being brought in north of the border on May 1.

Tuesday, 1st May 2018, 09:32 am
Updated Tuesday, 1st May 2018, 09:40 am
The England/Scotland border near Berwick.

Experts believe more Scottish residents are likely to make the trip to England following the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland.

Minimum pricing is largely aimed at cheap lager, cider and spirits sold in supermarkets and off-licences.

The change introduces a 50p-per-unit minimum price for alcohol sold in Scotland which raises the price of the cheapest bottle of red wine (9.4 units of alcohol) to £4.69, while a four-pack of 500ml cans of 4% lager (8 units) will cost at least £4 and a 70cl bottle of whisky (28 units of alcohol) can not be sold for less than £14. Normal strength cider (5% ABV) will cost at least £2.50 a litre and a super-strength version (7.5% ABV) will have to cost a minimum of £3.75 for a litre.

Stephen Scott, secretary of Berwick Chamber of Trade, has previously stated his belief that Scots will cross the border to buy alcohol, although he felt supermarkets would be the main beneficiaries.

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Even so, he views any increase in visitor numbers to Berwick as positive and hopes other businesses in Berwick may get a smaller secondary benefit if those on the booze cruise have a look around the town.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Dame Vera Baird QC has previously backed calls for minimum pricing to be introduced across the UK.