Fans fury as Aberdeen gig venue staff confiscate umbrellas as heavy rain hammered region

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Jools Holland fans have spoken of their outrage after security staff at the Aberdeen’s top music venue confiscated hundreds of umbrellas as torrential rain swept across the north-east.

Hundreds of attendees were left queuing in the teeming rain outside Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre on Thursday night.

Many sheltered beneath umbrellas, only to fall foul of security, who seized a number of brollies prior to entry to the venue before chucking them into large wheelie bins.

An AECC spokeswoman said many fans had been offered the chance to store their umbrellas, while others were allowed to leave them at the entrance to collect after the gig.

Robin Shaw, 63, from Aberdeenshire, was attending the gig alongside his wife Sandra and daughter Claire when their telescopic brollie – worth £50 – was taken off them.

Mr Shaw said: “We were told it was a new policy and that the details were on the AECC’s website but I’ve since looked at that and the policy only mentions golf umbrellas.

There is no mention of small telescopic umbrellas, like my wife’s, which would have fitted into a bag.”

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