Friends of Joe Porter, 16, pictured, who died in February from a rare form of bowel cancer, had planned the charity event in Nailsea’s Somerset Square on April 13 to raise money for the #skydive4joe appeal.
Around 100 people were expected to take part in the Harlem Shake which would have been filmed and shown on YouTube.
How heartwarming! How noble! How…doomed to failure.
Organiser Emma Robbins, a family friend, said: “We chose the town centre as we thought it was an easy, central location for everyone to get to.
“When I spoke to the town centre office, initially they said it was fine to go ahead. Then a few weeks later I received a call asking if we had insurance for the event.
“Then we were told we would need to carry out a risk assessment of the event, provide marshals and first aid cover and apply to North Somerset Council for a temporary events licence. It seems like a lot of red tape to go through just to hold an event which will probably last for just a few minutes.
“I understand the need for health and safety but this was a fun event for the local community which is raising money for the appeal.”
But you don’t really ‘understand the need for healthy and safety’, do you? At least, the modern need for it.
No longer is it a way of ensuring that children don’t die in chimney stacks or grown men down poorly maintained mines. No, it’s grown and evolved, and now it’s (mostly) a way of ensuring that local public sector workers are maintained on the payroll and no-one ever gets the idea this is a free country….
* As long as we have the necessary permit & required expenditure outlay to satisfy the state…