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Greene King: Kids 'meeting with PAW Patrol characters' cancelled due to Nickelodeon legal threat

By Emily Sutherland

- Last updated on GMT

The Kings Arms was among the pubs forced to cancel a half term event
The Kings Arms was among the pubs forced to cancel a half term event

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Greene King pubs have cancelled children’s events planned for the half term break after being threatened with legal action from TV channel Nickelodeon.

Hungry Horse branded pubs, the Kings Arms in Bebington, and Royal Oak in Wirral, were among those due to host a breakfast meeting giving children the chance to meet characters from the hit kids TV show, PAW Patrol.

On Facebook, the Royal Oak said that ‘due to legal reasons beyond the control of Greene King and Ace Mascots, we are no longer allowed to run our PAW Patrol breakfast events.’

“We sincerely apologise for the disappointment that we know this will cause. Please know that if there was any way around this, we would do it but unfortunately for the foreseeable future this will not be possible.”

The pub promised to fully refund customers and arranged for children due to attend the event to be sent a goody bag and a letter from explaining that characters from PAW Patrol could no longer make the event.

The Kings Arms said the changes were out of its control but said it would host an event with face painting as a replacement.

Angry parents criticised Nickelodeon on its Facebook page​, with one disappointed parent writing: “Yet more upset children in the UK this evening after more breakfast events being cancelled. You have ruined my son’s fourth birthday.”

A spokesperson from Greene King said: “We had a series of PAW Patrol events planned for guests, but as soon as we were made aware of any licensing issues we made the decision to cancel them. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused and are now looking at alternative ways of entertaining our guests and their families during the half-term week.”

The PMA​ has contacted Nickelodeon and is waiting for a response. 

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