UKIP Telford & Wrekin criticises council over disappointing T-Live concert
Telford, Shropshire. 9th September 2013: Saturday’s T-Live concert in the park featuring McFly turned out to be a bit of a damp squib with fewer than 3,500 people turning up meaning the two weekend T-Party event has lost money.
A Telford & Wrekin Council spokesperson a few days before the concert said that the event would just break even if the concert sold 3,500 tickets but staff working at the event advised that fewer than 3,500 were at the concert. A concert headlined by McFly should have been a feather in Telford’s cap but instead it’s turned out to be something of a disappointment.
UKIP Parish Councillor for Brookside, Stuart Parr, said “The price of the tickets were just out of reach of most local families. In these austere times, there aren’t many families who can afford to spend £120 or more for a concert. My family would have loved to have gone but it would have cost us £176 just for the tickets. With so many households in the borough turning to the Food Bank because they can’t afford to eat, it is a disgrace that our council tax has been used to subsidise a concert that most of us couldn’t afford to go to.”
Chairman of UKIP Telford & Wrekin and Wellington Town Councillor, Denis Allen, said “Councillors and council officers shouldn’t be organising concerts, it should be left to professionals. The council should apologise for wasting taxpayers’ money on this concert and give an undertaking to hand over running of any more of these events to a professional event management company and let them take the financial risk, not the hardworking council taxpayers of Telford & Wrekin.”
- “T-Live is part of the T-Party festival, and along with the 8,000 tickets sold for last week’s event in the Town Park, Miss Knightley said if the council sells 3,500 tickets the council should break even for across the two dates.http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/editors-picks/2013/09/04/the-stage-is-set-for-chart-toppers-at-t-live-festival/