Don't mention Magog but 40th party now back on

LEIGHTON KEITH
Last updated 05:00 13/02/2014
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Bertie Burleigh

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A Peggy Gordon's party initially intended to celebrate the Magogs' 40th anniversary is all go.

Publican Bertie Burleigh yesterday confirmed the party planned for March 1 would take place - with a few changes.

For a start, the word Magog has been dropped from publicity.

Last week Mr Burleigh was devastated after his application for a special liquor licence for the event, which would have allowed alcohol to be served in the closed off section of Egmont St, was turned down.

However yesterday he was delighted to announced things were back on.

"It's happening, the party is on," Mr Burleigh he said.

"They've dumped all this rubbish on us, from a great height, but we've proved we can be resourceful and we are moving on - let the party begin."

The changes include dropping the word Magog from the event which is now billed as a 40th anniversary party; the lineup of bands including Devilskin, Bullfrog Rata, Sticky Filth and The Nod who were to perform on a stage in Egmont St would now play inside; and tickets have been limited to 250 instead of the intended 1200.

There would be live music in the bar from 3pm and a motorbike display would still take place from 4pm. Entry to the bar would be by ticket only from 7pm.

Mr Burleigh, who has worked closely with the New Plymouth District Council to put on street parties in the past, including during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, said he was still annoyed his special licence had been refused.

"If the argument was all about the word Magog, then the District Licensing Committee should have had the balls to say no based on the word Magog."

While Mr Burleigh is pleased his party is going ahead he believes the licensing committee may have set a precedent it will find hard to maintain.

"Anyone can now object to any event, a licence being issued and raise concerns about how people will disperse from the event based on the judgment given."

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