A CARE worker has hit out over a live music ban at the Christmas Village.
Jane Howard, a care officer at Archway, said she was “horrified” to hear bands would no longer be playing in the entertainment marquee following two noise complaints.
The charity for people with learning disabilities had made several trips to the village with its service users and planned more for the future.
Jane said: “I work with adults who have learning difficulties who have really enjoyed the entertainment and don’t get to hear it very often.
“It’s been very beneficial – they love music and it’s very therapeutic because they can get up and play.
“There were plans to take them there again. I was horrified that these complaints could stop the music.
“This event is meant to be for the whole city of Aberdeen.”
Aberdeen Inspired, which helps organise the Winter Festival, made the decision after consultation with local residents and stakeholders
The move came days after street traders at the Castlegate were told to turn down their Christmas music. All bands who were set to play at the village will be paid their full fee.
A spokesman for Aberdeen Inspired expressed disappointment for those who missed out on scheduled performances.
He added: “The decision has not been taken lightly, particularly given the popularity of the live music over the course of the opening three weeks.
“As with any event of this size there are operational issues which are addressed on a daily basis and the team has made a decision taking into account a variety of considerations.”
Chairman of the City Centre Community Council, Dustin Macdonald, said he would like to see a way the issue could be mitigated for future events.
He added: “The music brought great atmosphere and was a great selling point for the village.
“I can understand everyone’s frustration, but we have to look at everything because no one deserves to suffer.”