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‘Music chain HMV is to be prosecuted for letting Britain’s Got Talent finalist Faryl Smith sing during a signing at one of their stores,’ reports BBC news online:
Kettering Borough Council is prosecuting the local HMV store on the basis that it did not first obtain a £21 Temporary Event Notice.  This is a criminal prosecution for which the maximum penalty is a £20,000 fine and six months in prison.
The singer’s performance, which apparently took place last March, can be viewed on YouTube:
Asked about this on BBC Northampton yesterday, Feargal Sharkey commented:
‘It just highlights how utterly ridiculous this piece of legislation is and how dysfunctional the whole thing has become.  We happily accept that quite clearly there are very large scale live music events, like big outdoor festivals, that clearly need to be very carefully managed…  The whole thing is actually quite ludicrous and it’s kind of one of those things that when I first saw the clip on YouTube of the actual performance I genuinely thought somebody was trying to make fun of me and it was April the 1st.’

One Comment

  1. Wow .. kinda great matter. I’m goin to write about it also!

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