Cashback for council after Diamond Jubilee ‘fiasco’

Pretty in pink... The light show on Scarborough Castle on Monday night, to mark the Diamond Jubilee. Picture by Andrew Higgins   sn122322g    04/06/12

Pretty in pink... The light show on Scarborough Castle on Monday night, to mark the Diamond Jubilee. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122322g 04/06/12

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A deal has been reached between Scarborough Council and the company behind the ill-fated light show which marked the Diamond Jubilee.

P&L Sound and Lighting have agreed to only bill Scarborough Council half of what they initially charged the authority for the Scarborough Castle light show.

The disclosure was made in a council statement, which was issued following a Freedom of Information request to the council, in which the council admitted to settlement talks regarding the councils displeasure over “desired objectives” not being met by P&L.

The full council statement reads: “Following the event, we invited the provider to review the original quote for the Jubilee Beacon event.

“The provider subsequently offered to charge only half of the original cost, removing the costs associated with the main projector from the invoice and making other adjustments.

“The council reached an agreement on this basis.”

The Scarborough News understands that the total cost of the event, prior to the settlement, was less than £5,000.

It had been billed as a light-show extravaganza, with huge images of the queen emblazoned on the side of Scarborough’s historic castle.

But despite hundreds of people gathering on South Bay beach to catch a view of the spectacle, revellers were left fuming after technical hitches meant that they could see nothing.

And only about 30 people, including councillors and sponsors, got to witness the spectacle inside the castle grounds.

Now, despite nobody from the council offering a direct apology to those left in the dark at the event, Scarborough Council have admitted there were “shortcomings” at the event.

And a senior councillor has described the spectacle as a “non-event”.

Cllr Janet Jefferson is the ward councillor for Castle Ward, and was one of many people who helped to organise the event.

She branded the event “very disappointing”, adding: “Nobody was more disappointed than me by it.

“But the council has managed to pull back a lot of the money, and we have also been able to use some of the sponsorship money and reinvest it back into events, such as Seafest and Armed Forces Day.”

The money that will be ploughed into future events also includes £250 donated by the late Max Payne, and it’s hoped that this money will be spent on a future public event.