Concert ruined after chairs are confiscated

PUBLISHED: 17:30 02 June 2011

North Somerset Council has removed the deckchairs from Grove Park

North Somerset Council has removed the deckchairs from Grove Park


IT certainly wasn't a case of 'music to the ears' when people had to forgo a concert in a Weston park because the seats had been taken away.

Holidaymakers and residents who were looking forward to listening to the Burtle Silver Band in Grove Park on Sunday were left upset and disappointed when they discovered the usual deckchairs dotted around the bandstand had been removed.

North Somerset Council said it has relocated the seats to the seafront where there is more demand.

Concertgoer Marian Walkens, of Locking Road in Weston, said: “A host of elderly holidaymakers and residents including ourselves had to leave the park with the band playing beautiful music that we couldn’t listen to.”

Robert and Anne Bailey, of The Weind in Worle, said: “Excellent adequate seating areas have been designated on our redesigned promenade now making it possible for the few deckchairs supplied by the council to be returned to the park.”

A spokesman for North Somerset Council said: “We’re pleased that people continue to enjoy the concerts in Grove Park.

“These are organised by the concessionaire who runs the cafe there.

“We did offer the concessionaire the opportunity to hire deckchairs from us, this was not taken up and we also looked at transporting some deckchairs to the park on a Sunday but this would involve taking our staff away from their duties.

“As the concerts are arranged by the concessionaire it seems reasonable to expect him to arrange any additional seating that may be needed.”

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