There can be few things more sedate than a picnic.It seems someone had an idea to hold a picnic on council land.
But a council says they are so fraught with danger that organisers must take out insurance - of £5million.
Ian Blackwell was stunned when he received the ultimatum from Totnes Town Council, in Devon, after organising a picnic for the local community.He did this in response to The Eden Project's ‘The Big Lunch’ concept, which is pushing the touchy-feely ‘have lunch with your street’ concept in order to ‘bring communities together’.
Harmless fun, you’d think.
But they reckoned without the local council:
The council claimed that as the organiser, Mr Blackwell would be responsible for any accidents or injuries and needed 'public liability insurance cover'.Very odd…
The 63-year-old businessman said: 'And yet if we had a birthday party in the park and invited friends and family along, we're apparently not responsible for their actions.'
He rang up for a quote - but couldn't get one because the insurance company didn't see his picnic as a risk.That’s because they don’t work for a council…
'They couldn't understand why people would want to insure a picnic,' he added.