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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Barrow bar to show World Cup match outside

FOOTBALL fans will be able to enjoy England’s first World Cup game in the open air, despite police objections.

Barrow Borough Council’s licensing sub-committee granted permission to the landlord of Bar Continental to screen England’s opening game of the 2014 World Cup in the beer garden.

The match in Brazil against Italy will kick-off at 11pm BST, on Saturday June 14 and is expected to end around 1am the following day.

The decision was made at a meeting at Barrow Town Hall yesterday despite concerns raised by the police that extended hours would endanger public safety and inconvenience neighbours.

Speaking afterwards Craig Armes, the landlord of the Abbey Road venue, said: “I can see the police’s point of view and I’ve got my own concerns about things and we have to be careful.

“I’ve been working here since it opened and I’ve been running it for the last five years.

“For the World Cups and Euros there has never been any trouble, everyone is on the same side and cheering for same team.

“Hopefully it will be a good night, the only downside is it’s on a bit late.”

Sergeant John McIntosh, of Barrow neighbourhood police team, said that there were “no concerns about the day-to-day running” of Bar Continental but added that the venue shifted from “low risk to high risk” when major England games were screened.

He said that some residents of nearby Hawke Street had given their backing to the police objection.

Despite these comments, the committee granted permission for the event but did impose some conditions.

Sub-committee chairman Tony Callister said: “We have taken into account the good management in the past five years and we have decided to grant the license for the event.”

Councillors requested that the number of door staff be increased from three to four, that the venue used plastic glasses as they have for previous events and that a proper disbursement policy was put in place for the end of the night.

Having the decision go his way has left Mr Armes in optimistic mood for the tournament: “I really think England have got a good chance of getting out of the group stages.

“I’d love to see England in the final, not necessarily winning it, but to see them in the final it would be a good atmosphere.”

Have your say

To Paul
My fondest memories as a child are staying up late watching the world cup which is only every four years, supporting the country I live in. Try having screaming adults living next to you, that's a real issue, not this one off

Posted by John on 11 May 2014 at 20:25

it just go`s to show what idiots barrow council are following this to happen don`t they realise the screen is only about 5meters away from houses were there are children sleeping at that time never mind adults the match will be over at 1am wow the noise will continue after that no thought for the house owners no wonder this town gets slated with this idiotic council ,bet they wouldn't allow this to happen near there homes

Posted by paul on 9 May 2014 at 15:57

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