Busker hits wrong note in city centre

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A BAGPIPING street busker ran into trouble with officials because he did not have the right permit.

Sheffield Council City Centre Ambassadors challenged the musician, who performs in Fargate, after complaints from a member of the public that he had a sign saying he was collecting for wounded troops’ charity Help For Heroes.

But in fact only money from people buying his CDs was being given to the charity.

The passer-by, who complained about the busker, said: “He claims to be collecting for the Help For Heroes charity, but when you look at his bucket it says only money from his CDs goes to the charity. Passers-by are throwing money in thinking it is all going to charity.”

City centre ambassadors have ‘spoken to’ the performer – who does have a busking licence – and explained that he needed a street collection permit to collect for a charity and he could not sell CDs.

The ambassadors moved him on and will monitor him in the future should he come to the city centre.