Controversy over Angus Business Awards dubbed ‘storm in a teacup’

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A disturbance at a black tie event in Angus has been called a “storm in a teacup”.

Police were called to the Angus Business Awards at 9.20pm on Sunday night following reports of a “very minor” incident between two men.

Simone Lavery, manageress of the Anchor Bar in Arbroath, said a member of staff at the pub took a comment by someone else at their table out of context and “reacted badly”, lashing out.

She added: “It’s a storm in a teacup that has been blown out of proportion.

“Of course I take full responsibility for the action of my staff.

“It’s just unfortunate when and where it happened.

“It was over as quickly as it started.

“I have apologised to everyone involved with the business awards.

“Something was said that was taken out of context and the young man in question reacted badly and he knows it.”

She said that rumours that chairs were thrown at the event were untrue.

The second Angus Business Awards, part of Scotland’s Business Awards, was held at Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Sunday night.

The fully booked evening was a celebration of the best of the county’s businesses.