14 January 2002 11:26
permission request from times and echo
Following you request for reproduction of Toni's article about New Year's Eve, I would like to confirm that there is no problem with that as long as the St. Ives Times and Echo is accredited in use of any part or whole of article. Perhaps you may also find it of interest that there have been a general agreeable response to the 'tone' of the articles from the town, in particular some of the drinking establishments.
(For those of you who don't get the Times & Echo I include their e-mail address should anyone want to write to them).
So, there you have it. It would appear that opinion seems to be divided between those on the outside, who seem fairly unanimous that the New Year's Eve revelry is a good thing, and a fair chunk of those on the inside, who appear to be developing serious reservations over the whole thing.
I don't imagine for one moment that the local authorities are going to be pro-active and take a long hard look in advance at what the logistical and safety issues of future New Year's Eve events are likely to be. Hell, as far as I am aware they are still debating whether to spend money strengthening the town's defences against the Spanish Armada.
I just hope that the unthinkable doesn't happen and someone's kid goes face down in a pile of broken glass or a crowd rush results in a load of people getting squeezed through railings or plate glass windows.
Anyway, we'll sign off on the New Year's Eve debate before the arguments and counter-arguments become so convoluted they disappear up their own backsides! That's unless someone comes up with something brilliant, new and preferably funny on the subject.
Onwards, ever Sloopwards!
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