Holly’s party plans hit by hall shut-out
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.”
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