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The plug has been pulled on a village fete-style festival to celebrate all things Somerset after claims from organisers the event was suffocated by the police.
The three-day Recydrate the West festival was planned as a party tucked away on the Mendip Hills with traditional scrumpy, dozens of stalls boasting local produce, live music from local bands including West heroes The Wurzels, and Splat the Rat among a programme of classic summer fete-style entertainment.
But organisers were forced to withdraw their licence application this week after police refused to budge on their demand for 18 police officers and 61 security staff to be on site – at a cost of almost £80,000 to the festival.
Recydrate the West's Poppy Stephenson said: “It's really disappointing, but the police were asking so much, we just couldn't afford it. We were looking at £50,000 for the policing, plus about another £30,000 in other costs.
“The event was supposed to be a celebration of local produce and Somerset culture. Just because cider is involved does not automatically mean trouble.”
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But Mrs Stephenson said there had been very little opposition from residents of the site at Fern Hill Farm in Compton Martin, near Cheddar, and accused the police of over-reacting.
She said: “We just found the demands ludicrous and they know full well that at this point in time, we won't have time to put in another licence application.
“People enjoy these kind of events in West Country.
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