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Drinking may force end of rally stage

Carl Tuer and Neil Bye corner past spectator in Duns during the Jim Clark Rally, spectator problems causing delays resulted in later cars racing during fading light

Carl Tuer and Neil Bye corner past spectator in Duns during the Jim Clark Rally, spectator problems causing delays resulted in later cars racing during fading light

The drunken behaviour of spectators could put an end to the Duns special stage being part of the Jim Clark Rally.

Russell Blood of the rally organisers attended a meeting of Duns Community Council to talk about plans for the next Jim Clark Rally which will be held on June 30.

Mr Blood explained that he would like to run the Duns stage again and the organisers of the British Rally Championship also wants it, as it has been voted the best spectator stage in the country. It was agreed that it would be a great pity if the rally was prevented from using the Duns stage because of a few drunken individuals.

However, there was concern that the event was being ruined by street drinking leading to excessive drunkenness and members heard that the police are going to charge the rally organisers for extra policing However, it was pointed out that it was not a ‘rally problem’ but a ‘community problem’ and Mr Blood asked the community council if they could help in any way. Councillors agreed to try and recruit extra marshals for the event to report instances of street drinking to the police on duty.

Councillor Greenwell is to find out if it is possible to ban alcohol on the streets during the event.

 

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