No Starr of the show

With everything in place at both Larbert and Hawick Town Hall, it was a real body blow to receive an email at 9.29am on April 16 from Freddie Starr’s management advising that the entertainer had taken ill following a sell-out show at Chesterfield the previous night.

The email read: “I am ringing everyone. Freddie has cancelled all the rest of the dates in April. He played last night in Chesterfield and they rang only an hour ago to say Freddie is completely exhausted and worn out, and have told me to cancel all the rest of the dates, including sold-out shows in Whitehaven, Newcastle and Larbert, Scotland.”

A lot of hard work by Wigwam Concert Promotions had gone into making Freddie’s appearances in Larbert and Hawick work out. Larbert was just short of a sell-out and tickets for Hawick were selling well. Subsequently, we extend sincerest apologies to all who had pre-booked seats or were intending attending the Hawick show. Obviously the main priority is ensuring ticket holders are refunded and anyone still to do so must contact the relevant ticket agencies.

At this stage there is no word on a possible rescheduling of Freddie’s tour dates. In fact, disappointingly, Wigwam Concert Promotions has received no further correspondence whatsoever from Freddie Starr’s management by the way of full explanation nor apology. This is despite several attempts to contact them.

It is still Wigwam Concert Promotions’ intention to continue to include Hawick and other Border venues on future artistes’ touring itinery and we deeply regret any inconvenience and disappointment felt by concert goers. It must be understood this cancellation was totally outwith our control.

Special thanks are extended to the local front-of -house staff who had made themselves available for the show. Also to ILF Images and Border Events for their efforts on ticket sales – and refunds.

Bill Lothian

Wigwam Concert Promotions