Line dance festival hours cut, BCC told

THE Bute Line Dance Festival was cut short this year due to a reduction in the opening hours at Rothesay Pavilion, which hosts the event, Bute Community Council was told this week.

BCC member Iain Gillespie, whose brother Gordon and sister-in-law Anne organise the festival, said the event, held over the September holiday weekend, ended on the Sunday, rather than the Monday of previous years, because Argyll and Bute Council no longer hires out the building on public holidaysd.

“We were told there was to be no Monday opening because it was a public holiday,” Mr Gillespie said.

“The council lost income as a result. Why will they not let the building open on public holidays?”

We put that very question to a council spokesperson, who replied: “As part of the effort to achieve the necessary budget savings, Rothesay Pavilion now closes on public holiday Mondays.

“We would clearly prefer not to have to make changes which impact on the options available for service users.

“However, we remain committed to giving the best possible service to our customers in the current challenging financial climate, and look forward to working with all user groups over the coming months to continue to deliver a wide range of events, and to plan pro-actively for the year ahead.”