Thanks, folks, your support is appreciated.
I've had pretty much the same response from quite a few people I've spoken to, who thought, as I did, that caving in to it could have created a dangerous precedent!!
Sorry to hear you've had some bad experiences, Leeneia - as a folk club organiser myself I know how it can be a thankless task sometimes getting everything ready. People only see the finished results without given a second thought to how it got that way...!
Perhaps I'm a bit OCD because I like to put all the matching chairs together, and have the room 'just-so' - but I believe it creates a lasting impression when people walk in. Small things matter!