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Two more Belfast pubs close as drinks licences expire at Great Eastern Bar and Cock and Hens

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The Great Eastern Bar, Newtownards Road, east Belfast. Photo Google Street View

The Great Eastern Bar, Newtownards Road, east Belfast. Photo Google Street View

CLOSED: Cock & Hens Bar, Lord Street, East Belfast. Photo Google Street View

CLOSED: Cock & Hens Bar, Lord Street, East Belfast. Photo Google Street View

Northern Ireland's best known pub - the Crown Bar in Belfast - has had to close its doors Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Northern Ireland's best known pub - the Crown Bar in Belfast - has had to close its doors Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

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The Great Eastern Bar, Newtownards Road, east Belfast. Photo Google Street View

Two more pubs in Belfast have had to close their doors after their drinks licences expired.

East Belfast venues the Great Eastern Bar on the Newtownards Road and Cock and Hens in Lord Street, off the Albertbridge Road, have both shut according to the Pubs of Ulster organisation.

It follows the closure of Belfast's best-known pub The Crown Bar on Friday after a permit to sell alcohol at the National Trust-owned bar was not renewed, believed to have expired in November 2012 following an "oversight".

Colin Neill of Pubs of Ulster told the BBC: "We've seen three so far and I suppose I do expect more. We'll be putting out an appeal to all licensees to double check (their licences).

"It could possibly be a sign of the recession where more publicans have been hands on in the last few years. Putting in 80 hours a week behind a bar and maybe paper work slips and maybe here we're seeing the results."

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