Late shift for bouncers at Duns event

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A fundraising disco for Greenlaw Football Club will go ahead in Duns this weekend despite a similar event resulting in public disorder last year.

Details of the trouble which ensued after the bash in the town’s Volunteer Hall on December 28 were given to Friday’s meeting of Scottish Borders Licensing Board which was being asked to consider an application by Greenlaw FC for an occasional licence to hold another disco at the same venue this Saturday, November 1. The club sought leave to sell alchohol from 8pm till 1am.

But Police Inspector Tony Hodges intimated the force had “serious concerns regarding the organisation of the event and cannot support it.”

However, he said if councillors granted the licence, the event would have to be properly stewarded and these staff, who should be Scottish Industry Authority (SIA) accredited, must remain on duty until 1.30am.

Inspector Hodge said: “The stewards [last year] offered no assistance prior to or during the disturbance. Information was received that a number of scuffles had taken place in the premises.”

But William Smillie, who plays for the club and helped organise last year’s disco, said stewards had only been contracted to work until 1am. He was unaware of any trouble outside before 1.15am and did not accept there had been “scuffles” inside. He believed the fact only one taxi firm was operating that night when 150 people were outside may have contributed to the disorder. He gave an assurance that the six bouncers, including one female, who were engaged for this Saturday were all SIA accredited and would remain on duty until 1.30am.

The board unanimously agreed to grant the licence.