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New music school needs licence

PUBLISHED: 10:06 12 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:38 30 June 2010

It cost £2m, received the backing from music legend Rick Wakeman and has been championed as a regional hub of musical excellence.

However bosses at Great Yarmouth College were facing the music last night after it emerged they forgot to send off paperwork to make sure its new School of Arts and Creative Technologies can be enjoyed by performing arts lovers.

It cost £2m, received the backing from music legend Rick Wakeman and has been championed as a regional hub of musical excellence.

However bosses at Great Yarmouth College were facing the music last night after it emerged they forgot to send off paperwork to make sure its new School of Arts and Creative Technologies can be enjoyed by performing arts lovers.

Even though the school has been opened since September the college has still not got an entertainment licence for the new building on Suffolk Road.

Without the Yarmouth Borough Council licence dance, drama and music students can not show off talents during public events.

The college is now hurriedly applying for a correct licence in time for the first of a series of public performances starting in May.

News of the licence blunder comes two days after Yes keyboardist Rick Wakemen and fellow 1970s music legend David Greenslade officially opened the £2m school.

During the opening the two music stars watched student band Eight perform two songs - but because the official opening was an invite only event it did not breach entertainment licensing regulations.

The licence mistake happened because the college forgot to apply for one after its old theatre and recital room were closed in the school's old arts building, which was covered by the legal provision.

Mark Bayley, the college's head of sales and marketing, said: “We are in the process of applying to the borough council for the necessary entertainment licence, which we did have for our old building, so we can offer live performances to the public the first of which hopefully will be in May.”

Linda Mockford, licensing manager at Yarmouth Borough Council said: “If there is a new area they need to get it covered if they want to get some form of public entertainment.”

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