Heritage village president counters newlyweds’ criticism
PETER Finnigan has moved to counter claims made by a newlywed couple who said they regretted holding their wedding reception on Saturday at the Rockhampton Heritage Village.
Darryl and Natalie Yarrow claim the band was shut down just after 8.30pm for being too loud, the bar tab was allowed to balloon out without their knowledge and no heating was provided to warm the guests.
Here is Mr Finnigan's response:
"As president of the Friends' Association of the Rockhampton Heritage Village I was very disappointed, to say the least, at the negative wedding reception story which appeared on Pages 1 and 2 (TMB 06-5-14).
"Two facts need to be stated at the outset: I was not present on the night in question and the RRC staff involved are not permitted to publicly comment on the situation.
"I have been a volunteer at the village for 11 years and this is the first negative report that I have been aware of in that time, which has seen hundreds of weddings catered for by the efficient and dedicated staff.
"On the night, the noise problem arose when bar staff were not able to decipher orders placed over the bar counter from about a metre away, thus the reasonable request for a decrease in volume. The band did, in fact, play much later than the 8.37pm quoted and the bar staff, of course, do not have the power to shut the band down.
"The catering and bar staff acted in an appropriate and professional manner at all times.
"Unfortunately, as the TMB went to print, the RRC hierarchy had not themselves gleaned all the relevant facts."
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Morning Bulletin strives to provide balance in all reports. The reporter sought comment from the Rockhampton Regional Council through its communications department, as is protocol. The response was published in the story.