Council bans rugby club from playing national anthem

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A rugby club built on land once owned by the Queen has been banned from playing the national anthem through loudspeakers by town hall bureaucrats.

The club says it is the only one in the country not allowed to play God Save the Queen – which it wanted the crowd to sing along to at the grand opening of a big international match.

Bosses are welcoming an expected crowd of 1,000 to Scarborough Rugby Club to watch England Colleges play the Irish Exiles a week tomorrow.

Each nation’s songs are usually played and sung for the opening of the tournament.

But the club – in Scalby, near Scarborough – is bound by strict council rules which forbid amplified music.

Council bosses fear local villagers will be annoyed by the noise.

The club was only built because of a land swap deal with land owners The Duchy of Lancaster, 
which manages much of the Royal estate.

Club officials hope to get around the ban by fielding a brass band or jazz band onto the pitch. A spokesman said: “As long as the music is not amplified we are okay.”

Otherwise the crowds will have to take their seats in silence for the kick off.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said: “The National Anthem in total is usually only 60 seconds long. I would have thought there was a perfectly good reason here for bending the rules. I’m utterly appalled.”

Scarborough Tory MP Robert Goodwill said: “I know there’s an issue in terms of the use of the PA system at the club. But surely in the case of our National Anthem there should be a dispensation.”

Scarborough Council says it imposed the ban because of complaints from local villagers about noise and the arrangements had been in place for some time.