Opera lovers can enjoy a tipple in front of the big screen in Duthie Park, Aberdeen councillors rule

Lovers of opera will be able to enjoy some vino with their Verdi thanks to an Aberdeen council decision.

As part of the BP Big Screens series, Verdi’s La Boheme opera is set to be shown on a huge TV screen in Duthie Park on the evening of June 26.

However, because there is a street-drinking bylaw in the city, revellers enjoying the four-act opera would have had to shun alcoholic refreshments.

But councillors have voted to make an exception for the event, meaning drinks can be served on the big night – as long as the Scottish Government has no objection.

The decision was unanimously agreed by councillors at a full council meeting at the Town House yesterday.

A report to councillors said: “This will be the 13th year this event has taken place in Aberdeen and each year this well-established occasion attracts a core group of attendees as its popularity has grown. “In all previous years, this event has passed with no noted incidents or accidents reported in relation to alcohol.”

Before making the decision, the council consulted Police Scotland and the Procurator Fiscal.

Representatives of both organisations wrote to the council to say they had no objection to relaxing the bylaw.