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.

Threatened with court - for playing Christmas music at flower stall

Alan Poole, who raises money for the Children's Hospital described council decision as 'nonsense'

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3 years, 5 months ago.

Jane Hastie's reply...

The council are not playing Scrooge, they are playing Devils Advocate.

This is an absolute nonsense!

Had enough of this PC, weak kneed lily livered MP's Councillors and Civil Servants, we must make our voice heard more clearly.
I was gutted about the result in Oldham West and Royston and the fact that everyone is resigned to it, not just UKIP on the face of it, but the LIB/DEMS & CONS too.
I don't want to but I'm beginning to give up. If we have evidence of cheating and electoral Fraud why have we not lodged a complaint. It doesn't matter if we would not have won the election anyway. What matters is we are seen to be making a stand and bringing all involved to task, we can not change things if we do not challenge them!
It's time to start organising a demo for change, making our voice heard.
David Cameron has no mandate for half the things he is doing to this country and if we are not seen to be speaking out about issues arising at home as well as the EU we are all ways going to be the Bridesmaid and NEVER the Bride. I know the referendum is important but so is the party. If we keep allowing the MSM and the others to sweep us under the carpet, then that is where we will stay. UKIP supporters are behind the party, but we need to get our message out to non supporters, the ones that have swallowed the MSM and Westminster Propaganda.

3 years, 5 months ago.

Arthur Misty Thackeray's reply...

I fully support Jim Carver MEP in standing up for Alan Poole, small market traders and charity collectors like him are the lifeblood of our economy and at the heart of Britishness so if his carols are no more or less loud than the adjacent x-mas market or street preachers then leave him alone to bring festive cheer to Rotunda square for another year I say.

3 years, 5 months ago.

C.Brian Ross's reply...

Of course, if he was issuing the Muslim "call to prayer" using a loudspeaker (as every mosque in the country does) then that would be perfectly acceptable!

3 years, 5 months ago.

Mal Fletcher's reply...

It's hard to believe our country is changing and councils are making unpopular decisions, why are there so many idiots in such high profile positions. I'm disgusted.

3 years, 5 months ago.

Judith Mottershead's reply...

what the hell is wrong with this country we celebrate ,christmas with christmas songs and carol,s and we have done that for hundreds of years we are a christian country if people care to move here they have to accept our traditions if they don,t agree then go home,BECAUSE THIS IS OUR COUNTRY OF BIRTH AND WE HAVE NO WHERE ELSE TO GO WE HAVE NOT MOVED.

3 years, 5 months ago.

Chris Wintle's reply...

James, Member of Birmingham Central and South branch, Spoke with the man monday in town, I have his back

3 years, 5 months ago.

Tony Stockton 's reply...

Bloody Labour remember winter holiday instead of Christmas

3 years, 5 months ago.

Simon Legree's reply...

Are they prosecuting him because he is in breach of the 1947 public entertainment act, because he is playing carols - The Birmingham local authority is notoriously anti-Christian - or because someone has complained about the noise. I would certainly complain - I find amplified music of any sort being projected from loudspeakers highly objectionable. I prefer to shop in relative silence.

3 years, 5 months ago.

John Hemming's reply...

Not far away from here you will find certain religions preaching on the street through a PA system calling and singing their followers to prayer. A much bigger racket than Christmas tunes on a market stall.

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