A one-day over 25’s party in Wrotham has been given approval despite complaints about the same event last year, investigated by police over reported Covid rule-flouting.
The Swan Social, which last year was attended by reality stars, will be held at Wings of the Morning Field, Wrotham on Monday, August 30 and is organised by the Swan Brasserie in West Malling.
The line up includes: The Shapeshifters, Rob Cockerton, Vernon Kay and Paul Johnson among others.
General admission is £110pp or £1,300 for a table up to 10. The event has been capped to 1,250 people including staff.
The event is for charity and it’s estimated that 20-25% of profits will be donated to a variety of Tonbridge charities.
The Swan Social, came under fire last summer when celebrities including Love Island's Jack Fincham and Youssef Hassane who starred in Ex on the Beach, shared videos of partying, apparently without social distancing, which was part of government regulations at the time. Police investigated but said no further action would be taken over the controversial party.
There were 37 written objections to the proposal for the latest event, most citing noise, litter and rowdiness caused by the sale of alcohol.
However the application had support from the local police and the event will be staffed with a minimum of 18 security guards and a sniffer dog.
Local resident of nearby Stansted Mr Brian Shaw said the Swan had “ignored all government Covid rules” at their previous event in September 2020.
He added: “Tables were supposed to be two metres apart, guests would be restricted to dancing at their tables and where else appropriate.
“But clearly from the videos and photos on social media none of these restrictions were maintained.
“The country at that time was in a critical position, pre-vaccine. How they avoided a fine is a mystery to me”.
There will be no Covid passports required for the event, only to fill in your name for track & trace or via the NHS app.
However Managing Director of TMS Protection Tom Devine said that social media could give people the wrong impression of what was happening at these events. He said “Last year when you were enforcing table service and this year before restrictions were lifted, people would stand up, take their phone out and take a video.
“That five second clip wasn’t a representation of the whole event, what you would see on the venue CCTV is security coming in and saying: ‘sit down, sit down’ but the video on social media was only five seconds seconds long".
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s licensing panel permitted the event to go ahead.