MEMBERS of the public largely thought a 2am pub closure time would “make no difference” in curbing drink-related problems.
David Fisher, 62, from Seaton Carew said as a former Royal Marine, he has seen how 24-hour drinking culture had worked successfully abroad.
The father-of-seven and grandfather-of-15 said: “I disagree with the Mayor. “You should drink in moderation, if they drop the time down people are going to drink more in a shorter space of time.
“If this happens, it will encourage people to drink a damn sight more.
“I’m used to places like Thailand and Hong Kong where it’s 11pm to 4am and they manage okay over there.”
His sister, Pamela Robinson, 62, also from Seaton Carew, said: “I don’t agree with it. “If you drop it down to 2am, you are going to encourage more teenagers to drink if they can go out earlier.
“I do agree with putting the prices up through the minimum prices - it will stop the young ones getting alcohol.”
Angela Gleeson, a 26-year-old mum-of-one and counter assistant who lives in the Murray Street area, said: “I think it’s just going to be the same, whether it’s 2am or 4am. “I don’t think 2am is long enough to be open but 4am is too long, we don’t go out until 11.30pm.
“But if people want to fight, they will - time will make no difference.”
She said the queuing system for taxis in the Church Street area was not working as “you have to stand in a queue a mile-long and it kicks off”.
Regarding alcohol pricing, she said: “It makes no difference, the price of drink - if kids want it they will get it, they get plenty of pocket money.”
Carole Smith, 55, from the town centre area, said: “I don’t think it will make much difference.
“It’s beer in, brains out.”
But the mother-of-two and grandmother-of-eight said she would support a 2am closure.
However, she said the minimum alcohol pricing policy would “penalise” her as she drinks at home and “can’t afford to pay pub prices”.
But Natalie Bunton, a 23-year-old single parent from West View, said: “I think it was a better night out when the bars closed at 2am. “Now when I go out, I always make sure I stay out until they close, but you can be waiting about for taxis for ages and I don’t get in until 6am. “I support the proposal for minimum alcohol pricing as well.”