Fears of beer-free tournament laid to rest

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 March, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 March, 1994, 12:00am

CONCERNS that the Rugby Sevens would for the first time be an alcohol-free event were put to rest yesterday when police granted a last-minute temporary liquor licence.

Waitresses will serve light beer in the lower seating area of the Hong Kong Stadium and in addition 10 extra temporary stalls have been added to the existing 26 franchised booths.

''We're very pleased. It's the same arrangement as last year and it worked well then so it should work equally well this year,'' Richard Knight, the operations manager of Wembley International, said.

Wembley International's application for a full liquor licence was delayed on Thursday when the Urban Council's Liquor Licensing Board failed to reach a decision.

Board chairman, Wong Hon-ching, said one of the board's concerns was whether the applicant on behalf of Wembley, a 25-year-old woman, was ''a fit and proper person'' to be responsible for such a large venue.