A LLANDUDNO pub went ahead with its Soul in the Sun music event due to a stay of execution by Conwy Council.

The authority had imposed a noise abatement order on the King’s Head in Old Road, following complaints by neighbours which forced one event to be cancelled at 24 hours notice.

However the landlord, Stephen Reese, entered an appeal against the ban and until it is heard the council has suspended the abatement order. The effect of this is to allow two events to go ahead. They are Soul in the Sun last Sunday and a solo player during the Abergele, Llandudno and Conwy Real Ale Trail on Sunday September 28.

Stephen said: “I had a telephone call from the council which said I could go ahead with events while my appeal was pending. But I will ensure the volume is kept low in consideration of the neighbours.

"We are currently awaiting a date for the appeal."

Stephen added: “The Soul in the Sun event on Sunday was well attended despite the uncertain weather and only having a couple of days from the go ahead from the council to promote it, not much time at all to let people know it was happening.

“Nevertheless we had a healthy crowd who enjoyed themselves.”

He added he had explained to the council the events are a vital source of income for the business and the people the King’s head employs. Stephen said: “The pub needs the revenue from these events to survive. If it closed five people would lose their jobs, my local suppliers would lose my business and St David’s Hospice would lose the money we collect for them.”

During events earlier this year approximately £1,500 has been collected for St David’s Hospice, he added: “I hope we will be able to add to that total with these two forthcoming events.”