Rock festival will go ahead

organiser: Mike Blundell
organiser: Mike Blundell
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The organisers of a summer rock festival are celebrating after the event was given the go ahead.

The Rock the Lakes Festival at Leisure Lakes in Mere Brow, was thrown into doubt after West Lancashire Council’s licensing sub committee ruled that only country and western music could be played at the venue.

It followed four complaints from last year’s event regarding noise.

However, organisers appealed the decision.

The appeal was heard at Ormskirk Magistrates Court where it was decided to delete the statement ‘country and western’ and ‘re-enactment’ events only from the council’s original document, therefore allowing the Rock The Lakes Festival to go ahead.

Festival organiser, Mike Blundell, said: “I’m chuffed to bits.

“I wanted to hug and kiss everybody.”

He continued: “All the bands are booked and everything was organised, I should have been selling tickets in January.”

The festival will go ahead with an 800 people limit.

Mr Blundell added: “The event (in 2011) ran smootly, and everyone that went said you have got to do this next year and we will come back with more people.”

He said if everything goes to plan this year he will appeal the 800 number limit next year.

A spokesman for West Lancashire Council said: “There was an appeal hearing on Friday and the court made a decision in relation to changing some of the conditions of the premises licence put in place by the West Lancashire Borough Council Licensing Sub-Committee.

“However, restrictions on the frequency, size and duration of these events are still in place. These controls include a restriction of 800 people at each event, and only allowing three events in total per year.”