Holly’s party plans hit by hall shut-out

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­group.co.uk

AL­MOST 40 chil­dren were locked out of a girl’s birth­day party –be­cause keys for the hired hall were not pro­vided.

The fam­ily of Holly Spears, cel­e­brat­ing her sixth birth­day, had to trans­fer the en­tire event to their home.

They had to move fur­ni­ture from the lounge into the back gar­den to make room for the mass of chil­dren.

Mum Carly Spears, 24, of Guernsey Way, Ken­ning­ton, said: “I was re­ally an­gry. We all turned up at the hall and no­body was there to let us in.

“We couldn’t reach the peo­ple in the coun­cil we had or­gan­ised this through.

“Now we want to know why this hap­pened.”


Mrs Spears and her hus­band Brett, 26, had hired Goat Lees Com­mu­nity Hall at Ken­ning­ton from Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil.

A to­tal 38 chil­dren with par­ents, plus a mo­bile disco, turned up at the hall on Satur­day af­ter­noon for the party but the hall was still locked.

No­body from the coun­cil could be reached by phone to get the keys and the party was then moved to the house.

Mrs Spears said: “We want an apol­ogy from the coun­cil and we want to make sure this doesn’t hap­pen to any­one else in fu­ture.”

The Spears, who also have a son, Harry, four, also want their £30 hire fee re­funded and are wait­ing for the re­turn of their £50 de­posit.

A spokesman for Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil said: “We have apol­o­gised to the fam­ily for the er­ror, which re­sulted in the hall not be­ing made avail­able.

“The coun­cil of­fers its sin­cere apolo­gies for any dis­tress or in­con­ve­nience this may have caused.

“We are in touch with Mrs Spears to dis­cuss com­pen­sa­tion.”

Pic­ture Chris Davey pd1496000

Brett and Carly Spears with their chil­dren Holly, six, and Harry, four, who had to hold Holly’s birth­day party for 32 peo­ple in their home in Gurnsey Way, Ash­ford

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