Fury as win­ter won­der­land is axed

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PAR­ENTS are out­raged after they found a ‘win­ter won­der­land’ at­trac­tion was can­celled just days be­fore its planned launch, which a host of celebri­ties were ex­pected to at­tend.

Or­gan­is­ers of the ‘Win­ter Fam­ily Spec­tac­u­lar’ say they have been forced to can­cel be­cause of a dis­agree­ment with the landown­ers.

The at­trac­tion was sched­uled to open near Ruis­lip to­day (Wed­nes­day), with for­mer I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here star David Van Day per­form­ing at the launch and other stars on the billing.

Dozens of fu­ri­ous par­ents have hit out at the or­gan­is­ers on the event’s Face­book page.

Wendy Walsh said: “Bla­tently was fake why wud it be can­celled two days be­fore. luck­ily I didn’t tell my child about this!!”

Rachey Babey John said: “How can some­one make the decision 2 days be­fore hand to can­cel an event after loads of peo­ple have made the ef­fort to make it hap­pen that aint right surely.”

The at­trac­tion was sup­posed to run un­til Satur­day, De­cem­ber 27, at the SKLP site, in In­dia Gar­dens, West End Road, Northolt, fea­tur­ing fair­ground rides, a Santa’s grotto and food stalls.

For­mer Dol­lar singer Mr Van Day and his wife, Sue Moxley, had been ex­pected to per­form at the open­ing, with all pro­ceeds from the night go­ing to the Ni­cholls Spinal In­jury Foun­da­tion, Univer­sity Col­lege Hos­pi­tal in London, Cur­erett.org and the Show­men’s Chil­dren’s Char­ity.

Also on the billing were for­mer EastEn­der Matt Lap­in­skas, for­mer Cor­rie ac­tor Adam Rickitt, boxer Joe Calza­ghe, for­mer Blue singer Lee Ryan, for­mer Another Level singer Dane Bow­ers, soap stars Danny Boy Hatchard, Tony Dis­ci­pline and Louise Bradshaw, and TV pre­sen­ter Jeff Bra­zier.

In a state­ment, or­gan­iser Robert Wheat­ley said: “There have been is­sues with the own­ers of the site, who have with­drawn per­mis­sion for us to hold the win­ter fair at the SKLP site in In­dia Gar­dens, Northolt. Both sides have tried to reach agree­ment but have ul­ti­mately failed to do so. This is a real shame as it would have been a great com­mu­nity event, ben­e­fit­ing four char­i­ties.”

Con­trib­uted

CAN­CELLED: For­mer I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here star David Van Day and wife Sue Moxley

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