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Cheltenham's Salvation Army given extra day to play

Cheltenham's Salvation Army band has been given an extra day to play carols in the town after complaints that their Christmas performances had been cut.

The charity has traditionally pitched its band outside Marks and Spencer on the three Saturdays before Christmas.

But the borough council reduced the occasions to just one this year, following an increase in applications by charity collectors.

The authority was criticised for the move and has now offered an extra day.

'Fair crack'

Councillor Diggory Seacome said the council had a rethink after receiving a number of complaints about the reduced performances from the public.

"There's been so much demand for what we call the 'charity spots' in the High Street this year, we've had to ration them so everyone has as fair crack of the whip, so what was three slots for the Salvation Army last time, came down to one," he said.

"We've looked at the slots and managed to squeeze in one more for them down in the High street.

"We hope that this will go some way to assuage the concerns people had about missing out on the carols the Salvation Army would play."

Beryl Scarborough, from the charity, said: "We are very pleased.

"We understand about the regulations, but it really curtails what we can do with regards to money coming in."

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