Sadly…. all is not well with the BNP’s ‘Red, White & Blue Festival’ –
On Tuesday June 10, Amber Valley Borough Council met at the Town Hall, Market Place, Ripley to hear the premises licence application for the BNP’s Red, White and Blue Festival, scheduled to take place on land owned by party member and former Tory-councillor Alan Warner at Denby, Derbyshire from the 15th to the 17th August 2008.
Security at the meeting was tight. Protesters gathering outside were greeted by several van loads of Derbyshire’s finest, evidence gatherers and a FIT Team. Inside, the police, who had initially raised no objection to the licence, claimed to have received “significant intelligence” which had forced them to reconsider their position. Fearing conflict between the BNP and anti-fascists they wished to see the imposition of new conditions including the erection of a seven-foot high fence around the site and the installation of temporary security lighting. When invited to sum-up their position the BNP representatives withdrew their application and stormed out of the meeting, insisting they would go ahead without the licence.
Last years squeaked by without too much notice but this year the fine people of- Nottinghamshire Stop the BNP, Derbyshire Unite Against Fascism and Antifa already mobilising against the event and Unite Against Fascism nationally considering their response.– Have caused the prima donna BNP to flounce out of the licensing meeting claiming to have their festival anyway (probably followed with- and we never wanted your stupid license anyway, my mother was right about you!). So without a license for booze and music they vow to hold some kind of get together, the fun will never end start!
BNP member Alan Warner, who hosts the event on his land in Denby, said: “The festival will be going ahead. We won’t be selling alcohol but people will be able to bring their own and there will be recorded music and music from the fair ground. The police still have to police the event. I’m looking forward to it, hopefully it will be even better than last year. We’re hoping to have as many as 5000 people here.”
Peter Carney, Chief Executive at Amber Valley Borough Council said: “The organisers will now not be permitted to provide any licensable activities during the course of the festival, should it go ahead. They will not be able to sell alcohol on site and live or recorded music as a main activity will not be allowed at the event.
“The Council will be considering, with the police, what further steps we will take in respect of the concerns raised by them and by residents at the hearing if the organisers decide to go ahead with the event despite the withdrawal of the application.”
The police solicitor says subtly that the activism against the fascists has caused this license denial-
Craig Sutherland, solicitor for Derbyshire Police, told the meeting: “The fact is we are expecting trouble at this event. We didn’t object to this festival in 2007, and we didn’t object initially in 2008 however towards the end of May the intelligence picture changed. We have started to receive intelligence to say that groups opposed to the BNP may attack people attending this festival.”
So ok he gets in a smear on anti-fascists, but nevermind his mealy mouthed statement, it does show opposition altered the situation and has effectively constrained the BNP and its thrill a minute decade Hitler-fest in a muddy field.