Rules are rules und zey must be obeyed at all times!
“English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn’t want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney!”
According to Westminster Council, however, the decision to end the concert was made by its organisers and not local authorities.
“Concert organisers, not the council, ended last night’s concert in Hyde Park to comply with their licence,” said Leith Penny, Westminster Council’s strategic director for city management.
“Licences are granted until certain times” – in this case 22:30 BST – “to protect residents in the area from noise late at night.”
No discretion of any kind allowed. About three decades ago, I was driving within 5 miles of a tennis stadium, listening to Oh Carol from the stadium. It was grand. I know of no one who complained about “the noise” that day, though the older members of the community may not have bought the Stones as a concept.
Bottom line was – it was a major event and was treated as such.
Some of you might recall a group of four lads who set up on top of a building and began an “impromptu” concert, playing such numbers, I seem to recall, as Hey Jude and Let it Be. Again – not too many ordinary people found this offensive. In fact, I’d love to have been there on the day.