Bans spoil the party at Mullum
By EMMA O'NEILL firstname.lastname@example.org AS A result of the bans imposed recently on two Mullumbimby pubs as entertainment venues, only 15 people saw in 2008 at The Chincogan Pub and the crowd gathered at the Middle Bar was a lot more laid-back this year.
The ban closed the two bars as entertainment venues early last month because they did not have Place of Public Entertainment (POPE) approval.
Representatives from both bars said they were in the process of gaining POPE approval, but said the ban had changed the atmosphere of New Year's Eve at each venue.
According to Raffaele Perversi, a barman at The Chincogan, some people were complaining about music during the night as only a limited range of CDs were played.
"People were still having fun, but it was very different to previous years," he said.
Over at the Ex-Services Club in Mullumbimby, the atmosphere was a bit different as a live band entertained the crowd.
Mullumbimby resident Lyn Diehm said a large conga line formed just after midnight as the band played the song Running Bear.
Ms Diehm said that the most important thing to do each New Year's Eve was to sing Auld Lang Syne.
If both bars gain their POPE approval, a live version of the tune should be heard in all venues in Mullumbimby next year.