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Confirmed – no street closures or outside drinking in Soho over Pride London

Confirmed – no street closures or outside drinking in Soho over Pride London

by Caspar Aremi29 Jun 2012
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Yesterday it was announced that the Pride London WorldPride parade was to be significantly scaled down. Today we can confirm that the Met will be strictly enforcing licensing rules in Soho on the day. The following statement has been issued, confirming that no events take place in Soho and all celebrations are expected to take place within licensed premises.

‘This is to notify you that there will be no official World Pride events taking place in Soho on Saturday the 7th of July.’

‘Licensing regulations will be that of any normal day. The event in Golden Square has been cancelled and World Pride will have no official activities in Soho. We do expect the day’s celebrations to continue within licensed premises and for Soho to be very busy.’

‘Westminster City Council’s Premises Licence which coversthe public highway areas in Soho is not being utilised on this day, therefore no Licensable Activities can take place on the public highway.’

‘Premises may only trade in accordance with their existing Premises Licence conditions, as on any normal day.’

‘No furniture or equipment may be placed on the publichighway outside of your premises.’

‘No PA systems are to be placed on the public highway and nomusic should be audible outside of your premises, as with any normal day.’

‘The Licensing Authorities wish to inform you that premisesthat are in breach of their Premises Licence will be subject tostrict enforcement action, which may ultimately result in Review proceedings.’

Featured image: Courtesy of Bear Cub T on Wikimedia Commons.

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Caspar grew up in the north of Scotland, but has lived in London since 2002. He is usually to be found in Soho, holding a mojito.
58 comments
TAINOLIFF
TAINOLIFF

@missjonespoet outrageous! Disappointed!

dyerAndie
dyerAndie

@els76uk world pride #worstpride

els76uk
els76uk

@dyerAndie someone suggested to me that THT should run it next year. Fancy adding that to yr job description? :)

dyerAndie
dyerAndie

@els76uk ummmm. No comment!!

angelsdilemma
angelsdilemma

@kevkev Should've gone to Madrid with G! @SpiritedSSays

kevkev
kevkev

@angelsdilemma @spiritedssays never invited me :(

SpiritedSSays
SpiritedSSays

@kevkev yuh bombo-frien. When I invite you places you don't even bother answer. Mi dhun wid dat #FaceFavaJammyDodger @angelsdilemma

SpiritedSSays
SpiritedSSays

@kevkev @londondiva @angelsdilemma Atta boi xo

kevkev
kevkev

@SpiritedSSays @londondiva @angelsdilemma I'm sorry, I have put the August date in my diary though

SpiritedSSays
SpiritedSSays

@kevkev @LondonDiva @angelsdilemma * #SpiritedStrength pokee Face* What's that gotta do with it? U get asked, u reply, u go - simples, bruh

kevkev
kevkev

@LondonDiva @angelsdilemma @spiritedssays hey I came to dinner with you guys once, it's not easy when you're a non Londoner

LondonDiva
LondonDiva

@angelsdilemma @SpiritedSSays @kevkev siding with Gary on this one. Make non cinema plans with Kevin and see what happens. Pure air.

SpiritedSSays
SpiritedSSays

@angelsdilemma @kevkev mek im #Gallang yah! Im fava Friday night ah go Sat'dee markitt!

angelsdilemma
angelsdilemma

@SpiritedSSays @kevkev Haaaaa! That was just wrong!! Lef' di bwoy alone!!! ( Kev get behind me, this could get ugly!!)

SpiritedSSays
SpiritedSSays

@LondonDiva @kevkev @angelsdilemma not just cinema - he gets invites to boi gayer stuff. Not even ah dwarg or a cyatt answer. #LuvYaButKMT

LondonDiva
LondonDiva

@SpiritedSSays @kevkev @angelsdilemma Oh the shame. You are awful in getting back to non cinema invites. Ah true.

LondonDiva
LondonDiva

@kevkev @SpiritedSSays @angelsdilemma kiss mi bloodclart raasclart pussyclart teet (roughly translated)

kevkev
kevkev

@SpiritedSSays @angelsdilemma you know I never understand, @LondonDiva is my interpreter

pinstripeowl
pinstripeowl

@grouchotendency goodness. There are things I dislike about the parade, but it can be a decent night out. Well, could.

JenWilliams1994
JenWilliams1994

@Rhonzilla It is going to be an utter fiasco! They're starting the procession as soon as I arrive in London, so I'll be late to the march...

Rhonzilla
Rhonzilla

@JenWilliams1994 what excuse they coming up wae fur it, they must know people travelling n made plans ages ago total shambles!

DesignByRich
DesignByRich

@OutInTheCityMag - what a shame that something so joyful has turned into such an un-coordinated mess. Have ur own proud day with mates!

stfumikey
stfumikey

@spitzenprodukte brilliant there will be a queer riot oh my god

MediocreDave
MediocreDave

@stfumikey @spitzenprodukte Don't say it out loud, you might jinx it!

caspararemi
caspararemi

@HRWright I've got my own theories I'm trying to get confirmed for another article soon...

HRWright
HRWright

@caspararemi Will await that with interest. Something stinks!

dkuk08
dkuk08

@HRWright @caspararemi I suspect police/council fear unmanageable crowds after official events shambolically cancelled by @pridelondon

CharlieVose
CharlieVose

@SoSoGay Shall we just start knitting already then... What a joke!

andrewkeates
andrewkeates

@CharlieVose didn't realise you were into 'knitting'...

CharlieVose
CharlieVose

@andrewkeates One does try to expand one's cranium with a range of offerings! Am I missing the pun? 'Knitting'?

CharlieVose
CharlieVose

@andrewkeates No really... What does it mean? #BlondeMoment

andrewkeates
andrewkeates

@CharlieVose don't tell me you've been a homo all this time and I never knew.

dj_slipper
dj_slipper

@SoSoGay perhaps we should just boycott the entire event?

Helianthus1
Helianthus1

@SoSoGay @PrideLondon sounds like a non-event really

TheMrWriter
TheMrWriter

@SoSoGay So… you mean it’ll be a Saturday?

scotsguy_61
scotsguy_61

@SoSoGay And without that it becomes what?

afgodwin
afgodwin

@piercepenniless I'm with you on that. The whole situation is getting out of hand.

MissSarahOgrady
MissSarahOgrady

@DannyBlahBlah my friend just told me its going to be in golden square instead of soho square this year!

MissSarahOgrady
MissSarahOgrady

@DannyBlahBlah what??!! That's the fun of pride!!! Party poopers

Debsalini
Debsalini

@MediocreDave sounds like a closet to me

Newbie_Kink
Newbie_Kink

@DannyBlahBlah I was planning to come for #worldpride not now, it's been 'scaled back' That's so shit!

DarrenMcMahon54
DarrenMcMahon54

@kevkev Hop on the ferry and come to Dublin Pride for the weekend!

kevkev
kevkev

@DarrenMcMahon54 when is Dublin pride?

DarrenMcMahon54
DarrenMcMahon54

@kevkev tomorrow! Well the parade is tomorrow, been on all week...

pauseforthejets
pauseforthejets

@SoSoGay @guy_interruptd fun, fun, fun eh? Remind me again, what exactly is the point?

briannynj
briannynj

@DannyBlahBlah must be a London thing

jimbo
jimbo

it's a shame they can't close down all those witless gays who use twitter like it's email.

Fredstar85
Fredstar85

@DannyBlahBlah I don't see how they can do that?

g0_f1sh
g0_f1sh

@DannyBlahBlah Thumbs down. How weak.

russyork
russyork

@DannyBlahBlah what's the point then!? You can't have an indoors pride, and how would you ever police an event like that anyway!?