Hunstanton theatre loses money after Freddie Starr cancellation

Freddie Starr plays Belfast Waterfront on Wednesday 16 December as part of Magners Waterfront Comedy Club ENGSNL00120111210075950
Freddie Starr plays Belfast Waterfront on Wednesday 16 December as part of Magners Waterfront Comedy Club ENGSNL00120111210075950
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Theatre-goers were left disappointed when comedian Freddie Starr did not appear in Hustanton last week.

Mr Starr was due to appear at the Princess Theatre on Friday evening but his agent called at 10am that day to cancel the performance stating that the celebrity was ill.

Promotor Brian Hallard says the cancellation will cost the theatre £800 to £1,000.

A total of 300 tickets had been sold in the run-up to the event, which are being refunded.

Mr Hallard said: “We have lost money with staff wages. We have to pay the pay the technical crew.

“Someone spent two hours sorting refunds and contacting people.

“Everyone was disappointed.”

Mr Hallard said the majority of people were contacted about the cancellation but some were already en-route from Leicester.

He bought a drink for those who turned up on the night expecting to see the performance.

One person who has complained about the cancellation is Christine Snell.

She emailed to state: “This was a great disappointment to my husband and myself. I understand this was a last minute decision by Mr Starr’s management.

“Carolyn in the box office was a very nice lady and as helpful as possible in the circumstances.

“I appreciate our payment will be refunded in a few days,but as I explained to Carolyn in our instance this is not acceptable. We made a 100 plus mile round trip and my husband is severely disabled. He has many medical conditions including oxygen dependency,so we have a supply of oxygen in our car.

“As you can see an outing of this sort has to be planned with great care therefore I feel justified in asking for reimbursement for petrol costs and some compensation for the distress caused.”

Mr Starr, 72, who had been the lead singer with the Merseybeat group, found fame in the 1970s after appearing on Opportunity Knocks and the Royal Variety Performance.

He is well known for his impressions and acting along with the comedy.

In later years, Mr Starr has appeared on reality television shows including I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.