Club annoyed by red tape

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ORGANISERS of one of Sudbury’s longest-running events have hit out at “ridiculous” rules that they say nearly scuppered their advertising plans.

On Saturday, around 250 rowers descended on the River Stour for Sudbury Rowing Club’s annual regatta.

To encourage even more spectators to Friars Meadow than the hundreds that came last year, the club hoped to put up banners advertising the event around the town.

But, because of bureaucracy, their plans nearly ran aground.

Regatta secretary Pippa Kerry said: “I asked the supermarkets but they all said no. We finally got one up on the railings outside St Peter’s but it was a real headache.”

Having spoken to the town council, Babergh District Council, the Church Commissioners and the Friends of St Peter, Pippa finally got permission after Babergh changed tack.

“I was on the phone for two days with everyone saying they were happy for us to do it but that I needed to speak to someone else,” she said. “It was ridiculous.”

A spokeswoman for the district council explained that because the railings are owned by the town council, consent is needed from both authorities.

She said: “The council is happy to support local events but cannot condone the display of banners which fall outside the scope of the regulations.”