Houghton Hall music festival cancelled amid weather fears
A major music festival in West Norfolk has been cancelled because of forecast bad weather.
Revellers were expected to begin arriving at Houghton Hall today for the four-day event.
But, amid warnings of heavy rain and high winds over the next few days, organisers of the sold-out event announced via social media this morning that the event was being cancelled.
In a statement on its Facebook page, they said: "Over night, weather conditions on-site at Houghton Festival have dramatically worsened and are set to deteriorate further into the weekend.
"Tragically, following this morning’s reports and further consultation with authorities, health and safety and all the festival directors, the decision has been made to cancel Houghton 2019.
"We are utterly devastated. All the hard work, love and creativity that has gone into planning and producing this year’s event made this an almost impossible decision to make.
"This was set to be a wonderful weekend and the boldest step we have ever taken as a festival. However, nothing is more important than the safety of our customers, staff and performers, which would be compromised if we were to go ahead."
Officials say information about ticket refunds will be announced later today and ticket holders should not travel to the site.
Weather warnings have been issued for heavy rain tomorrow and unseasonably strong winds on Saturday, with gales forecast in many areas.