First drinkers return to Huddersfield bar Showtime after it opens at midnight to celebrate restrictions changing

These photos show joyous drinkers piling into a boozer on the stroke of midnight to enjoy their first inside a pub since last year.

As of today (May 17), pubs, cafes and restaurants in England can open indoors in line with the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Showtime bar in Huddersfield wasted no time in continuing business as usual - by opening their doors at 12am.

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Cheerful photos taken inside the bar, which last opened for people to have a pint indoors in November, show delighted drinkers chinking their glasses together to toast the memorable moment.

L-R Rosie Delaney, Isobel Logan and Rebecca Mitchell enjoy a cocktail at Showtime Bar, in Huddersfield. (SWNS)

Showtime co-founder Ian Snowball, 61, said: "It's been a difficult time for everyone so we wanted to get back as soon as we could.

"It's great to see everyone getting back to normal, with a smile on their faces and a drink in their hands."

The easing of restrictions has also enabled galleries, theatres, sports stadiums, cinemas and soft play centres in England to reopen.

Holiday flights abroad to some countries are restarting, while loved ones not in the same bubble can once again hug each other.

Showtime Bar, in Huddersfield, West Yorks, welcomes back people back in for a pint at 00:01am (SWNS)

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L-R Rosie Delaney, Isobel Logan and Rebecca Mitchell enjoy a cocktail at Showtime Bar, in Huddersfield (SWNS)
A mmeber of staff pours drinks at Showtime Bar, in Huddersfield (SWNS)