THE reason behind a ban on street traders selling alcohol at a Herefordshire coronation party has been explained by the town's council.

Food traders will be invited to trade in the street in Ledbury, with no charge for a pitch, at the May 8 event, which will be held to mark King Charles III's coronation.

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Minutes from an extraordinary meeting of Ledbury Town Council held on February 9 to discuss and decide plans for the event, reveal that the council is planning a street closure for the event, which will take place from noon until 5pm on the day of the coronation.

Councillors voted in favour of decorating the High Street and Market House, while commemorative mugs, and coronation souvenir programmes are also on the cards.


But street traders selling alcohol will not be permitted at the event, the minutes said.

Ledbury's town clerk Angela Price said that the council's decision was made in recognition that there are a number of pubs and venues around the High Street that people will be able to purchase alcohol from on the day.

"The council did not wish to take away trade from these established businesses," she said.