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National anthem WILL be belted out at Scarborough Rugby Club after singer steps in

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Scarborough Rugby club have hired a singer to belt out the national anthem this weekend after council bosses were unable to legally overturn a music ban.

Laura, 24, from Cloughton, will sing an acapella version of God Save the Queen at the club’s first international game on Sunday.

As a result, it will not go against council planning restrictions, which ban amplified music and jingles from being played.

The chief executive of Scarborough Rugby Club, Graeme Young, said: “We are delighted that Laura Welburn has offered to assist us with the singing of the national anthems, acappella, on Sunday.

“She has just completed a rehearsal at Silver Royd and her voice is stunning.

“By not using music we will not be in contravention of the ban imposed by Scarborough Borough Council on the use of outside amplified music.

“This is a sensible outcome to what has been a difficult week for the club. We now hope that the town will come and support the England and Irish teams and sing with pride during the anthems.”

Earlier this week, the authority invited the club to apply for a special dispensation to allow the national anthem to be played.

The club made a request on Tuesday, but on Wednesday it was told formal approval could not be given under planning rules.

However area planning manager, Nick Read, said the council would not take any action if the national anthem was played on Sunday.

In a letter to the club, he said: “As you are aware, in the absence of a condition discharge application, the council is not able to give formal approval to the use of outdoor amplified music.

“However, if an application had been received immediately prior to the kick-off of the match on Sunday, I anticipate permission would have been granted.

“The council has no wish to prevent the playing of the national anthems in these circumstances and I can advise you that if they were played, the council would not seek to take any action under the terms of the planning condition.”

But Mr Young said the club wasn’t prepared to take the risk.

By not playing any music when Miss Welburn sings, it won’t be breaking any rules on Sunday.

The club has been battling for more than two years for the right to play music at games after councillors chose to ignore planning advice and amend a key licensing clause.

A public inquiry scheduled for June 6 is expected to finally bring an end to the long-running noise spat.

 

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