EXCLUSIVE By Wendy Williams
POLICE called a halt to an expat charity bash after a resident complained he couldn’t hear his TV.
The annual fundraising drive for El Faro’s LIVE charity was cut short after police turned up acting on an anonymous complaint from the neighbour.
The fourth family fun day in aid of the orphanage Cuidad los Niños, in Malaga, was forced to end at just 4pm, eight hours before its scheduled finish.
“We were told that someone couldn’t hear their television and we couldn’t continue with our plans,” said organiser Lisa Nicoll.
Radio station Silk FM, which was sponsoring the event, had to close down the live broadcast at 4pm after local band Costa Rock had finished their set.
Lead singer Pete Carter gave a very heartfelt explanation and pleaded with visitors to stay, but the majority started to leave.
“The organisers will lose out on eight hours of fundraising,” he said. “Not giving to charity is one thing but stopping others giving is a different thing entirely.”
Apparently it is anything but the first time it has happened, the Olive Press has discovered.
A number of expat bar owners have now come forward to reveal that this type of incident is not usual.
They claim police are carrying out increasing numbers of checks for music licenses and if any bar is found without the correct paperwork – or if there is a single complaint – they are being shut down.
In fact a Facebook group has now been launched called ‘Keep Music Live’ on the Costa del Sol.
Radio DJ Paul O’Connell, explained: “It seems that the police, under town hall orders, are shutting down live music venues.
“While it is important that bars have their paperwork in order, the heavy-handed actions of the police are unacceptable and are not helping the economic and social problems on the coast.”
But as organiser Nicoll added: “At least we managed to still raise 1,200 euros and we want to send out a positive message and thank those who came.”