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FIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE; Drunken rampage as charity drinks dry up.

Byline: RICHARD SMITH

DRUNKEN Round Table businessmen caused pounds 3,000 damage and assaulted staff at a charity ball after they were refused late drinks.

The yobs in dinner jackets punched a member of staff, threw charity collection boxes around, swore at barmen and wrecked a pounds 3,000 revolving door.

Police were called twice to the venue and one Round Tabler was arrested for assault. The charge was later dropped at the victim's request.

And yesterday magistrates refused to give them a late-night licence for a fundraising treasure hunt.

Up to a dozen members of Cardigan and Teifi Valley Round Table were involved in the ruckus during the chairman's annual ball at the Cliff Hotel in Gwbert-on-Sea, Ceredigion.

Yesterday Pc John Evans told Cardigan licensing court: "The hotel incident was a disgraceful sequence of events by violent binge drinkers.

"We have received no cooperation whatsoever from the Round Table during our inquiries into the door incident which is still being investigated."

The court heard most of the 100 guests left the ball but a "hardcore group" carried on drinking.

Presiding JP Peter Loxdale said: "An extension is not a right, but a privilege, and this organisation has abused that privilege."

A spokeswoman for the Cliff Hotel said: "They were completely out of order. It was not the sort of behaviour from so-called pillars of society."

Britain has more than 1,000 Round Tables, junior versions of Rotary Clubs, with 13,000 members.

Former Round Table chairman Huw Jones said: "It was an isolated incident. It is sad that this matter could stain the good people of the Round Table."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 5, 2004
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