Birmingham council should stop being mean spirited and allow florist Allan Poole to keep playing festive tunes, says local MEP James Carver.
His remarks follow threats by the local authority to take Mr Poole to court under noise pollution legislation for playing Christmas carols from his stall in Rotunda Square.
“My understanding is that he has been doing this for ten years without any complaint and uses the carols and cheery displays to raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
“Mr Poole points out there is a lot of noise from the nearby German Christmas market and street preachers and I applaud his determination to stick to his loudspeaker and keep the festive spirit going,” said Mr Carver, UKIP Euro-MP.
“The council should abandon their ‘bah humbug’ attitude. This man raises money for sick children while putting people in the Christmas mood and here is the local authority playing Scrooge,” he added.