Why not just close bar for evening?
I HAVE just read the article on Ashford Rocks (February 22). If 80 per cent of the people attending are under 18, why not bar the sale of alcohol for the evening? I am sure that the older members attending would understand if the alternative is to stop. Teenagers need somewhere to go and they are obviously keen on supporting the event. George Isherwood, Kennington.
I AM a 17-year-old who has only recently found out the fact that under-16s are no longer permitted at the Homelands gigs. Unlike most of the responses that I have read in the paper, I am really in favour of this. It means that those of us who are old enough to go but dislike spending an evening surrounded by children can finally start going again. The main argument that seems to have been put forward is that the vast majority of Homelands going people fall into the under-16 category. This may well be the case but not nearly to the extent that has been claimed. The problem is that when you arrive at Homelands, you are met by the sight of young teens running about, smoking, drinking and throwing verbal abuse at each other. In my opinion there is nothing encouraging about watching a 13-year-old puffing on a cigarette and, if anything, this forces the 16s and older away. The gigs will not shut down if under-16s are kept away but instead should cause more over-16s to start going. Furthermore, if the under16s still want to go, they still can, just in the company of an adult. If they are complaining because of that, doesn’t it rather show that they weren’t behaving in an acceptable way in the first place? Ross Owens, by e-mail.