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Busking campaigners start new ‘religious service’ to protest against licensing laws

From left to right: Ben Van Der Velde, Mark Thomas and Jonny Walker. From left to right: Ben Van Der Velde, Mark Thomas and Jonny Walker.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
6:00 PM

An unusual religious service was held in Camden Town to protest against controversial new busking laws.

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Comedian Mark Thomas, Green Party candidate Ben Van Der Velde and campaigner Jonny Walker held the inaugural service of the Church of the Holy Kazoo in Britannia Square on Sunday.

The group set up the movement following Camden Council’s decision to license busking across Camden.

Mr Walker said: “Camden’s policy exempts music that is part of a religious procession or service from the need for a licence – so we are issuing a general invitation for music and culture lovers everywhere to bring their instruments of choice and join our joyful congregation.”

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