ALL Glasgow pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels can stay open an extra hour during the 2018 European Championships.

Glasgow Licensing Board agreed on-sale licensed premises could make the changes between August 2 and 12.

The European Championships will see events at the BMX track in Knightswood as well as aquatics at Scotstoun Sports Campus and at Loch Lomond.

Bars can close at 1am instead of midnight and clubs in the city centre can remain open until 4am. Casinos will be unaffected.

Premises would only have to notify the licensing section of Glasgow City Council if they want to take advantage of the scheme.

Chairman of Glasgow Licensing Board, Councillor Matt Kerr, said: “The European Championships will again put Glasgow in the international spotlight with a potential TV audience of over a billion tuning in to view the sporting action.

"There will also be thousands of athletes in the city and visitors from all over continent coming to Glasgow for the first ever multi-sport European Championships.

"Festival 2018 will also provide a cultural experience away from the sport and it’s right the city is geared up to provide as warm a welcome as possible.

"Glasgow pubs, clubs and restaurants have a fantastic reputation and we know from our experience during the Commonwealth Games that people in the city want to go out and enjoy themselves after the day’s competition is over. I’m sure our licensed trade will rise to the occasion as they always do.”