Tomorrow’s Mirfield Fair cancelled after licence confusion

SCRAPPED: Mirfield Fair, which was due to be held tomorrow, has been cancelled after organisers became concerned that Kirklees was going to revoke their licence.
SCRAPPED: Mirfield Fair, which was due to be held tomorrow, has been cancelled after organisers became concerned that Kirklees was going to revoke their licence.
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A SUCCESSFUL new community event has been cancelled amidst confusion over a council agreement.

The second Mirfield Fair was due to take place at St Paul’s Church tomorrow, but organisers decided to pull the plug on Monday.

Concerns were raised that Kirklees Council, which has to give permission for fairs and markets to go ahead, was going to revoke the licence it had granted for Mirfield Fair.

The council said organisers breached their agreement by deciding to hold the second Mirfield Fair earlier than they had planned and making the first event too big.

Rather than waiting to find out if their licence was being revoked and risk having to scrap their plans at the last minute, organisers decided to cancel the fair immediately.

But the council said yesterday that it would have allowed the fair to go ahead anyway and that organisers were told so before they cancelled it.

Organiser Martin Ibberson said he had not been told that Kirklees was allowing the fair to go ahead.

He said he was under the impression that the council had granted a licence for four fairs, regardless of when they were held, and that the last event was not bigger than agreed.

The first Mirfield Fair was held at the end of April, and was such a success that organisers decided to bring forward the date of the next one.

But Kirklees had only agreed to allow the event to be held seasonally, with one in spring, one in summer, one in autumn and one in winter.