After announcing earlier in the year that Edinburgh celebrated record high amounts of visitors with over 3.6 million people visiting Scotland’s capital over the festive season, it seems that Edinburgh is being threatened with a £70,000 fine in a dispute over how the fairground was run over the Christmas season.
The Showmen’s Guild of Britain are seemingly unhappy with how the Christmas Festival was ran in Edinburgh and has threatened to fine Edinburgh’s winter festival a minimum of £70,000 for breaking 125 year-old rules governing how fairground sites are managed, after new rides such as the popular “Star Flyer” were introduced by the organisers.
The Christmas market was organised by “Underbelly” who’s Director Of Events Charlie Wood stated (they are)“trying to hold us and by extension the city to ransom. They are holding a gun to the head of Edinburgh’s Christmas.”
Despite all of the drama, it seems that the guild’s Scottish branch believes the dispute will be resolved amicably after the Chairman, George Codona, remarked that he couldn’t think of a time when a fine has been imposed before.
We attended the Edinburgh Christmas market and it truly was magical. With fair rides, hot chocolate and festive music playing throughout the area it certainly gave us loads of festive spirit! We look forward to attending in the future.
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