NewsWire: LotR Party Angers Residents - The Otago Daily Times
All-night party too loud, complained residents.
Street closure not appreciated by some left on the outside
by Debbie Jamieson
The Otago Daily Times
Up to 450 Lord of the Rings cast and crew threw the party on Clyde's main street to celebrate the second unit's first birthday and the end of filming at the Poolburn dam, 40km east of Alexandra.
Olivers of Clyde, Dunstan House and the Blues Bank Bar and Cafe were booked out by the movie-makers and bar-tabs worth several thousand dollars were made available.
Fireworks, two bands and a DJ entertained the guests.
However, many residents were annoyed about the lack of notice given that the main street would be closed to traffic between about 9pm and midnight and that pedestrians were mostly unable to enter.
Dunstan Hotel publican Shane Attfield said he learned "officially" barricades were going up next to the hotel one hour before it happened.
The hotel was full of locals and many complained they could not enter the street.
Security agents prevented people not wearing Lord of the Rings identification from entering.
"A few people demanded to go through and they got in. I think they [the security agents] knew they didn't have a leg to stand on," Mr Attfield said.
Central Otago District Council manager of assets and contracts Peter Marks said he was approached the day before the party and asked for permission to block the street to vehicles.
Although legally the process must take several weeks, he approved the party as long as the police, fire service and residents were informed and none complained.
Earnscleugh-Manuherikia Community Board chairman Tony Lepper also said he gave permission for the street to be blocked to vehicles. He was "very disappointed" to hear people were denied entry.
The all-night party, reportedly finishing at 9am, attracted two complaints to the district council's noise control contractor about 2.30am.
A stereo was moved inside.