When some of the youngsters expressed an interest in busking, in Durham Cuty centre, I though, why not, nice expereince for them etc.....play a few carols..... raise a few quid, perhaps!. Ever the upright citezen, I contacted the Police, the County Council, The City councils Market manager, an even the Child employment oficer, (wasnt even aware there was one unil now)......anyway........all relevant contacts made, no need for liciences etc...all above board, I passd on the news to th youngsters. Great excitment shone all around! Yesterday afternoon, in the midst of snow faling we set off the 30 odd miles to Durham, all the way they are asking, "now Bob, we do have permission dont we" to wit the response, "of course we do, stop worrying" Wandered out into the city centre, wind blowing a gale, temp so low we would have been warmer with hypothermia, we decided upon a sheltered , but busy spot to set up. As the first instrument case was opened, passers by began dropping money in it, to the amazement of the youngsters, given w hadnt began playing! Insruments at the ready, a crowd assembling, and off we went, 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' and hark, a security gaurd it brings! "Excuse me, but do you have a permit to play here?" Confident in the knowledge, that one had dotted all the I's and crossed the T's, had the last of people I had liaised with, just incase one was challenged, "Whilst I dont have a permit, I was assured by the followig people (produces list from back pocket) and I was advised no need" ( me thinks, ha ha) "Well I must advise you that this is private property, and you need a permit to play here" replied the security gaurd, (who by the way, looked like he had muscles in his spit) Sh** was the thouhts that sprung to mind!! longer story short, having played upon his better nature, christmas spirit, and all that, he kindly agreed to let us play. What a star he was, and not, that he will ever see this, but thankyou. and the youngsters, well they have something to talk about now. Oh and afore I forget, we made over a pound a minute, lots of money to be raised so gt on and try it but make sure you dont set up on the only private ground in the city centre anyway, any similar stories out there?