Carol-singing brownies banned from shopping centre over safety fears!

November 28th, 2008 - 2:41 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 28 (ANI): Carol singing Brownies and Guides have been banned from a British shopping centre for the first time in 20 years over health and safety fears.

Girls, who range from children aged five to teenagers, have sung for pensioners at a special late night Christmas shopping event in Marlowes for more than a decade.

But the centre’’s managers decided that the group of more than 100 members of the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides should not be invited to this year s event because they would obstruct fire escape routes, reports the Telegraph.

West Herts Guides Division Commissioner Gill Oxtoby said: “It is a big event for us. Last year we had more than 100 girls and they and the shoppers really enjoyed the singing.

“It’’s such a shame because it’’s been a long tradition going on for more than 20 years and has allowed the girls to give some service to the community.

“We weren”t even told that we couldn”t attend. I went to ask what date it was and that’’s when I found out.”

The centre has offered to allow 20 girls to sing next Tuesday, but Oxtoby said: “We can”t do that, it wouldn”t be fair to the others.”

Marketing manager Eileen Gannon said: “With changes made to the centre’’s Christmas decorations and trade units there simply isn”t space for a huge number of performers. We”re disappointed, but our priority has to be the safety of people inside the centre.” (ANI)

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