North Norfolk pub owner claims clampdown on music events will “stifle” trade

The White Lady owner, Dennis Gilligan.

The White Lady owner, Dennis Gilligan. - Credit: Archant

The owner of the Worstead White Lady is claiming a clampdown on music events at the pub will 'stifle' his trade.

Dennis Gilligan believes a small number of residents in the village near North Walsham 'have it in' for the pub which he purchased in 2011.

Mr Gilligan is concerned possible restrictions on outdoor music events at the historic inn will reduce turnover and restrict employment.

He claimed there was not a level playing field, with music events at other venues in the village not generating a similar number of complaints.

Mr Gilligan said: 'Music has been played at the pub for 20 years it has not been an issue before.

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'All I am asking for is a level playing field, I don't think that is unreasonable. 'I have put a lot of money into the business since purchasing the pub and feel my trade is being stifled.'

Since taking over the business Mr Gilligan has built a new restaurant and converted a former stable block into holiday cottages next to the pub which has been open since 1821. He would like to hold 13 days of outdoor music events a year. The pub's premises licence will be reviewed by North Norfolk District Council's (NNDC) licensing sub-committee members on January 20.

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