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The Open: Flute band event 'not a problem' for event organisers

Chief Executive of the R&A Martin Slumbers
Chief Executive of the R&A Martin Slumbers

By David Young

The Open's organisers moved to sidestep potential controversy over a flute band event coinciding with the tournament by insisting they are mindful of being guests.

Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the R&A, was asked whether he was uneasy about the Portrush Sons of Ulster concert being held in the seaside town on Saturday evening.

This year, due to the logistical challenges presented by The Open, the band cancelled the traditional parade through the town and is staging a outdoor concert, promoted as a cultural showcase.

Mr Slumbers stressed that the Open was a guest among the local community.

"We are very conscious that we are guests here. We're guests every year at the place we go," he said.

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