BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend: Norwich Earlham Park Cafe closure upset

Earlham Park Cafe
Image caption The cafe owners said they were "hugely disappointed" to be told they cannot open

The only cafe in a Norwich park hosting BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend has been told it will have to close during the event for "safety" reasons.

About 50,000 music fans are expected at Earlham Park on 23 and 24 May.

Earlham Park Cafe owner Ingrid Henry said she felt "let down and hugely disappointed" when told by the city council she would not be able to open.

The council said the cafe would be compensated for loss of its usual takings over the bank holiday weekend.

The family has run the cafe for 15 years and Ms Henry said they were initially "led to believe we would be able to open" during the festival.

Image copyright Ingrid Henry
Image caption A property company sent the cafe owners a letter last week

However, last week a company contracted by the council, wrote to her saying the park would be cordoned off to "control access and ensure the event is safe at all times".

A council spokesman said the cafe area "falls within the event's backstage production area" and access needed to be controlled.

He added that the owners would be "fully compensated for rent and any loss of income to see they won't be a penny out of pocket."

Image caption The 2014 Big Weekend took place in Glasgow

Ms Henry said: "It's no real compensation for tens of thousands of extra customers."

After expressing her anger on Facebook, one customer started a petition on a website calling for the cafe to be allowed to stay open.

Within hours it had more than 5,000 signatures.

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Image caption Taylor Swift has been confirmed for the 2015 Big Weekend along with Florence and the Machine

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