Published on August 25th, 2012 | by Dean Carr
Delay in alcohol licence application causes carnival to be cancelled
The Caribbean Carnival in Derby has had to be cancelled as the organisers failed to obtain an alcohol licence in time. The event had already been postponed because of heavy rain last month. The popular two day event, which attracts visitors in their thousands, is organised by the Derby West Indian Community Association. George Mighty, one of the organisers, said: “we had an alcohol licence for July 22nd we thought it would be just a simple change of dates”.
John Tomlinson, a Director of Environmental and Regulatory services, said: “regrettably the deadline for the application for the alcohol licence had expired, which meant the licensing committee were unable to issue a temporary event notice”.
The festival was rescheduled for this Sunday. Organiser George Mighty, of the West Indian Community Association, said: “One of the big problems is that we have not been able to get a liquor licence in time. We have had to postpone twice already and it costs a lot to keep doing that, so we have decided to cancel this year’s event, it has not been an easy decision to make.”