Looks like TB has weighed in on FB:
I have read the statement very carefully and I was a member and chairman of the Castletown Festival Committee for 36 years. I can assure the public that the Festival has always taken its responsibilities seriously, including and especially public safety. Whoever wrote this Police statement I would suggest has not read the Police file thoroughly, or they would know that much in their statement is incorrect. The area under the control of the Festival as covered by the road closure order for which The Festival has responsibility is fully and appropriately managed by the Festival, and this has continued to be the case. The Festival has always worked closely with the Police, and in doing so has introduced many changes in recent years to how the event is controlled and managed, which is done by the committee with its volunteers. The Festival has always supported the Police in taking appropriate actions to Police the areas outside the closed Festival area, which are public areas e.g. Highways, over which the Festival has no authority to manage or control. The Festival stewards have however reported incidents to the police and the officers in attendance have always been responsive, in fact the relationship with the police officers in attendance has always been very good. The Festival have always supported measures taken by the police to deal with underage drinkers, and the Festival has always worked closely with the police on this area. The Festival agreed last year after one of its regular discussions with the Police to erect additional barriers and create entrance points manned by Festival stewards to help deal with any issues that could arise from attendees at the Festival.
As far as I recall a police officer was unfortunately assaulted in 2013, and the Festival fully supported the action taken by the police and the court against the individual. I can state that the police have for a number of years wanted the Festival to stop at 6.00pm, and this has been where the main difference of opinion occurs. The police know that this can be achieved by the police if they can require the Festival to obtain a license.
The issue is quite straight forward in that the Festival is a Philanthropic organization and as such is exempt by law from the need to obtain a music and dance license ( as are other organizations) that in no way means that the Festival does not fully accept its responsibilities, and I think it is disingenuous to indicate, as the police statement does, that the Festival committee does not, especially when the police know that they do.
I am sure the Festival will respond as appropriatej in due course, and the above comments are mine as the former chairman.
Finally I stepped down from the Committee last year to encourage new blood to take over. I think they did a great job for the town under very difficult circumstances, well done.