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Sheriff Bans Herring Adventure Unless Town Pays

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Sheriff Bans Herring Adventure Unless Town Pays

From the Siglufjörður Herring Adventure. Photo: Páll Stefánsson

An unusual dispute has come up. The northern town of Siglufjörður has held the Herring Adventure, a weekend summer festival, planned this upcoming weekend. Now the Police Chief for North-East Iceland has said that the town should pay 180.000 ISK (approx.. 1.500 USD, 1.400 €) for the extra manpower needed from police. The town council has refused to pay, saying that there is no legal basis for the charge.

The police spokesman and deputy sheriff, Eyþór Þorbergsson, says that the amount is much less than other festivals have had to pay. The real cost for patrolling over the weekend is close to 1.550.000 ISK (12.500 USD, 11.500 €), according to Eyþór.

The matter is now under consideration in the Ministry of Industries, hopefully for a speedy result, because the festival should begin later today.

When asked what happens if the town does not pay the deputy sheriff is firm: “Then we will charge the Town council and close the festival”.

Mayor Gunnar Birgisson is not deterred. He says that he will start the festival formally at eight o’clock tonight. “That should be fun. I will need to wear armor and have some lifeguards”, he said jokingly.

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