Busker's run-in with businesses
LOVE them or loathe them, buskers are a familiar feature on our streets, plying their musical trade for the chance of a few coins thrown into a cap from a pleased passer-by.
But one self-employed local musician said he felt barred from doing what he enjoys after a run-in with businesses on Causewayhead.
Andrew Oliver, who performs under the stage name Doc Mustard, said he has not been back to the street since being told he couldn't play his full set of songs.
"In times of austerity when a retail community should be grateful for every free attraction available to comfort shoppers and make them happy it's a sad state of affairs when a busker is made to feel like a criminal for singing a multitude of songs evoking joy in the hearts of the majority of passers-by," he said.
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"It is not inspirational for me to do a performance with that kind of vibe."
One Saturday this month, the 58-year-old arrived at the bottom of Causewayhead with a two-hour-long set of songs ready to be performed.
But shortly after he began, Mr Oliver said he was told by staff at Pengelly's Shoes that he could only perform outside for one hour.
The street musician said he did get support from other traders and passers-by before he was once again told to stop playing and leave by a local resident.
After continuing to serenade the crowds for a short while longer, Mr Oliver left the pitch and hasn't returned since.
"I feel like I have been given the elbow," he said.
"I can't see a problem with me performing for two hours on a Friday and Saturday morning.
"If you see me on Causewayhead and see all of the smiles I produce you would realise that they are being intolerant."
Mr Oliver is normally a familiar face outside the Savoy Cinema but decided to change pitches and perform outside Pengelly's because it is seen as a prime musical spot.
"We want buskers here but there is a code between them to only play for one hour and his repertoire is two," said Pauline Nicholls, shop assistant at the shoe store. "I didn't tell him to move but said he should be there for an hour like the rest. During this discussion I wasn't the only person saying this, there was another trader and a local resident.
"We get good and terrible buskers but we put up with them all for an hour."
The musician, who also performs in day care centres and nursing homes, has featured in The Cornishman a number of times over the years, including when he accused the Savoy Cinema of deliberately turning up the TV in the foyer to drown him out.
Listen to a track by Mr Oliver below: