Drinks ban relaxed at Party in the Park
Mansfield District Council has decided to relax an alcohol ban at its showpiece free summer event.
Organisers of Mansfield's Party in the Park, which takes place at Titchfield Park this Saturday, 2nd August (12noon to 9pm), had originally decided to ban event-goers from bringing alcohol to the event, with drinks only available from a bar on site and to be consumed in a designated area.
However, after a number of calls from members of the public and a detailed risk-assessment, the Council has decided to relax the ban and allow visitors to bring their own drinks to the park, as well as retaining the on-site bar.
To deter anti-social behaviour, security at the park is to be beefed up with additional security guards and wardens on patrol as well as CCTV surveillance from a mobile Police CCTV unit.
Explaining the decision to reverse the ban, Diana Hobson, Town Centre Manager said: "We do have concerns about event-goers drinking alcohol to excess and the associated health and anti-social behaviour problems this can cause - even more so at an event aimed at people of all ages.
"However, as some event goers rightly pointed out to us, by banning people from bringing alcohol as a way of deterring the small minority who drink to excess, we were also punishing a large number of law-abiding people who want to enjoy a drink responsibly
"So the decision has been taken to relax the ban for this year's event. However, that decision will remain under review and if we do experience problems we will have no hesitation in introducing an alcohol ban in future years.
"Any form of anti-social behaviour at our events – whether it be drink-related or not – will not be tolerated."
X-Factor and Eurovision star Andy Abraham tops the bill at this year's Party in the Park, which is free to enter. Former Brookside actor and Soapstar Superstar contestant Leon Lopez, all-girl band Stonefoxx, up-and-coming female vocalist Alana Estrella and a High School Musical Tribute Act will also be performing at the event.
As well as stage-based entertainment, there will be a large number of children's rides, games and others attractions.
Further information on Party in the Park and other events planned as part of Mansfield's Summer in the Streets festival is available by clicking on the links, top right.