Old news I know, but reading up about the cancellation of the Vachery triathlon I couldn't help but notice the following quote in the 'Dorking and Leatherhead' advertiser:
"One of the event's most vocal opponents, Bill Bryce – landlord of The Old School House pub in Ockley – told the Advertiser: "I think it was the sheer arrogance of the organisers and the county council as to why there was so much opposition. Had they come and spoken to us and discussed the issues, we might have been a bit more flexible. As for the company closing down, I have little to no sympathy. This is a great thing for us."
So, business owner who complains about loss of trade for one day, feels quite happy to see another business shut down entirely.
Perhaps if Mr Bryce had a more flexible approach as he suggests, he could have seen it as an opportunity instead of which he considers ruining another business and putting the backs up of hundreds of athletes as a great result.
Unfortunately, I do not live in the area concerned, so cannot boycott Mr Bryce's pub. However, perhaps we could start a name and shame list of businesses which do not deserve our patronage? I am sure that readers can suggest quite a few in Surrey and the New Forest to begin with......