Curfew altered for guitarist to play charity gigs
AGUITARIST has been allowed to change his curfew twice in two weeks to allow him to play gigs – including one to mark the Queen’s birthday.
Roger Ainsworth, 51, was fitted with an electronic tag and banned from leaving his home between 7pm and 7am every day for three months after admitting assaulting a police constable and being drunk and disorderly on Ivy Road, Macclesfield last September.
Ainsworth, of Bransdale Way, Macclesfield, who plays guitar in band Select Committee and other groups, went back to Macclesfield Magistrates court earlier this month and magistrates agreed to change his curfew to allow him to leave his home on Thursday evenings to go to band practice.
Now just two weeks later the court has agreed to change his curfew again – this time to play gigs.
The change was in time for a charity gig at a pub for the Queen’s 90th birthday on Saturday.
Magistrates set a new curfew which does not includes weekends. Ainsworth must stay at home from Sunday to Wednesday between 7pm and 7am for 16 weeks.
His band manager John O’Connor told magistrates about a series of upcoming gigs Ainsworth is due to play. He said the gigs raise a lot of money for charity.
Mr O’Connor said: “We’ve got obligations and bookings and Roger is paramount to the band.
“He’s a very talented guitarist and we can’t do the bookings without him.
“We do concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust and Roger is involved in another project I started six-and-a-half years ago called Loose Change Buskers which has raised £25,000 for Cancer Research.
“I run a tight ship and good behaviour is paramount. We have a gig this Saturday at the Unicorn in Dean Row for the Queen’s birthday and we’re going to let a lot of people down if Roger can’t make it.”
Magistrates told Ainsworth they would honour his request because the gigs raise money for charity. The chairman of the bench said: “We’ve heard about the good work you do playing in a band raising money for charities.
“These are prebooked concerts and we would not wish to hinder that work.
“We feel it’s important the intention of the original curfew as punishment is upheld so the new curfew adds up to same amount of time.
“There should be no need for you to come back to court to ask to vary it again.”