Traders pull plug on ‘noisy’ charity bands

Jade Murphy far right and her friends who were asked to leave St Mary's Market
Jade Murphy far right and her friends who were asked to leave St Mary's Market

MUSICIANS were turfed out of St Mary’s Market because their fundraising efforts were “too loud”.

National Citizen Service (NCS) teenagers organised for several bands and entertainers to play in the market’s community space last Thursday afternoon (August 30) to help raise funds for Willowbrook Hospice.

But the bands were moved on before they had even finished tuning up following complaints from market traders about the noise.

One of the students, Jade Murphy, (pictured above with fellow organisers) said: “We only had three weeks to organise the event as part of our NCS programme and we all put in extra work to help make it a success. We couldn’t believe it when everyone started complaining.

“People moan when they see young people out on the streets up to no good. But when we go out of our way to organise an event like this we get moaned at too. We can’t win.

“The whole event was based around the entertainment provided by the bands. They even made the lady who came along to teach the children zumba dancing turn her music down too!”

Jade, of Rainford, who was voted student of the year in her public services class at St Helens College last year, added: “The biggest problem we have is that we were only ever going to be there for one day so surely the traders could have turned a blind eye for a few hours - especially as we were raising money for charity.

“We still managed to raise £340 for Willowbrook Hospice, mainly courtesy of a bouncy castle and a raffle.”

A Town Hall spokeswoman said: “This is the first time the space has been used for this sort of entertainment. The council was keen to support it, however the entertainment included a full rock band who brought their own amplifiers and the noise was far too loud.

“The band was asked to stop playing, but all other activities - including zumba for children - continued for the rest of the day.”