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Anger at umbrella ban at wet JLS concert
Concert-goers were banned from taking umbrellas into Monday’s JLS concert – because they posed a health and safety risk.
As the heaven’s opened, revellers were told by security staff that they had to leave their brollies outside the PROBIZ County Ground in Eaton Road, Hove.
One security staff member on the site said: “It is for health and safety. There are a lot of children here and if you were dancing with an umbrella it could hurt them.”
A mother in the cricket ground said: “I was told by security that if you opened an umbrella it could take a child’s eye out.”
A reporter from The Argus was asked if they had an umbrella as they arrived – luckily they did not.
But hundreds of people did and they were piled high outside the stadium as the rain poured down.
Karen Gleeson, 54, of Lancing, said: “It was raining and we were told we were not allowed to take an umbrella in. It is a bit silly because it was pouring down.”
Another man said: “I cannot talk – I have to look through this pile of umbrellas for mine.”
A 14-year-old girl said: “They made me hand my umbrella in at the gate. I was so annoyed.
“They didn’t really explain why I was not allowed an umbrella. If they are going to take my umbrella they should explain why.”
Yesterday the Health and Safety Executive said they did not have rules enforcing the “no umbrella” policy.
A spokesman for Spin Publicity, which organised the event, said it was their own policy. He said: “We do not allow umbrellas in. It is a health and safety issue.
“The first bank of brollies that go up mean that every one behind them cannot see. Also if you opened one in a crowd you could take an eye out. That’s the long and short of it.”