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Health and Safety Fears Force Olympic Spectators to Ditch Chairs in Weymouh

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9:27am 21st July 2012

An elderly man's the latest victim of a ban on folding chairs at Weymouth's sailing events.

Nothe Gardens has a steep bank where spectators will sit, and Olympic officials are worried about health and safety.

79 year old Donald Stephens has recently had knee surgery and is struggling to get around- but he's not classed as disabled.

His friend, Gaye Mayger says he's been told he can take a rug with him, but he's worried he won't be able to get up again.

The ban on chairs is just one of the restrictions at Nothe Gardens.

Spectators are being encouraged to bring as little with them as possible as they will be subjected to security checks.

Folding chairs, picnic hampers and cool boxes are NOT permitted.

You can't bring more than 100ml of fluids in with you but you ARE permitted to take in an empty water bottle to fill up from the water fountains.

There's limited shelter at the site and you can take an umbrella with you provided it fits into your bag.

Golf umbrellas are strictly forbidden.

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