Mudcat Café message #882171 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #56416   Message #882171
Posted By: greg stephens
04-Feb-03 - 08:58 AM
Thread Name: PEL - A Reply From An MP.
Subject: RE: PEL - A Reply From An MP.
Having read all the small print carefully, I have spotted another curious anomaly. If I'm in a pub with some friends, and we become aware that it is someone's birthday, it is perfectly OK to sing Happy Birthday to You, even if the premises are not licensed for singing. However, if the group of friends make a plan to go down to the pub and have a birthday drink and sing Happy Birthday to You, an offence will be committed.
   The position on clowns seems a little unclear. No license is required for a clown, unless he picks up a guitar and sings several songs, in which case it is licensable entertainment. Exactly what the situation is if he or she only sings one song does not seem to be defined. And since instruments are not elsewhere specified as being a necessary part of the definition of musical entertaiment, why has the guitar been mentioned? Surely he shouldnt be allowed to sing songs at all, whether or not a guitar is used.