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RED-FACED organisers of a big charity bash near Nuneaton this weekend have had to postpone the event because of a licence mix-up.

Nuneaton and Bedworth's first 'Picnic Proms' event was due to be staged alongside a picturesque lake at Bosworth Water Trust on Saturday, with a fireworks display providing a spectacular finale.

The open-air extravaganza was being organised by the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth's appeal committee to raise cash for his Mencap appeal.

Crowds were set to converge on the park for the event but organisers have called it off and rearranged it for August 23.

Appeal committee spokesman Tim Norton said: "It has unfortunately had to be postponed due to the fact that the entertainment licence was not received in time for the event."

He said organisers had checked with neighbouring Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, responsible for Bosworth Water Trust, about licence obligations.

"We were told that there would be no fee for the licence because it was in aid of Mencap.

"But someone took that to mean there was no need to apply for a licence. In fact, a licence is needed, but 28 days' notice had to be given, and there wasn't enough time.

"The last thing the mayor wanted to do was to put something on that wasn't properly licensed and so we decided to postpone the event until August 23 for a licence to be issued."

He added: "Every effort will be made to contact patrons who have purchased tickets and a full refund offered if they can't make the new date."

Tickets bought for this weekend will still be valid for August 23.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 10, 2003
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