Refund for gale-hit panto

A CARNOUSTIE pantomime closed by the extreme weather last week is urging ticket holders to come forward to claim their refunds.

Carnoustie Theatre Club’s run of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was rudely interrupted on Thursday when gale-force winds forced the closure of the venue, Carnoustie High School, just hours before the start.

Tomorrow (Saturday), everyone who bought a ticket for Thursday should take their brief to the Dibble Tree Theatre between 10 a.m. and 12 noon for a refund.

President David Cheape said: “There’s been a lot of goodwill from locals and this has generated some sympathy.”

According to David some ticket-holders even refused a refund, he said: “We’re encouraging people to seek refunds, because it’s not fair for them to lose out when others are getting theirs back.”

David said he had written an official letter to Angus Council asking for some form of recompense, as an estimated £3,000 had been lost and would affect the budget for 2012.

He said: “That £3,000 is essential to Carnoustie Theatre Club for us to break even. The club needs the profit to do that, it’s a significant dent in our funds, that’s why we’re making such an issue of this.”

David questioned the decision to close. He commented: “To rub salt in the wounds, although the council said all lets had closed, Carnoustie Leisure Centre and Arbroath High School Leisure Centre stayed open.”

Fortunately, David said Angus Council have agreed to consider some form of recompense in light of the situation.

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “The council understands the disappointment and difficulties this caused Carnoustie Theatre Group, whose panto was due to be performed at the high school theatre that evening. Following representations from the group the situation at Carnoustie High School was reviewed on Thursday afternoon but given the forecast our view remained that the risks associated with that site were too high to have large numbers of people attending that evening.

“As most people are now aware high winds did cause some damage in Carnoustie on Thursday. Indeed it dislodged some aluminum roof panels at the high school.

“The council stands by the decision made but, as the chief executive has already made clear to the theatre group, we are also very sympathetic about the difficulties this caused and will give due consideration to any claim submitted.”

Councillor Brian Boyd was among those affected by the closure, he said: “I was gutted to find out the panto was cancelled on the evening of the storm. Not only for the cast and helpers who put in so much hard work but I was one of the 284 people who should have been in the audience.”