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Wolverton Weekend postponed

Discussion in 'Galas and Events' started by 73129, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. 73129

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    I’ve copied this from WNXX

    In view of the situation, Railcare Ltd has issued the following statement, and The Railway Magazine will be issuing it's own statement on Monday.



    “it is with regret that we have to announce the postponement of the Wolverton works Open Weekend as scheduled for the 14th and 15th of August 2010. Unfortunately ticket sales have been much lower than anticipated and as such we will be unable to support the event.

    The open day is not only arranged so that Railway enthusiast can access our historic site; it is also there to support and contribute to the local community and nominated charities. Without the ticket sales we won’t be able to do this and maximise the huge effort put in by all involved losing much needed return and value from the weekend.

    Our choice to postpone and not cancel the event means that the hard work by individuals so far will not be lost and a better understanding of the low tickets sales can be achieved to help support a more successful event in the summer of 2011.

    I have no doubt that everyone who has been actively involved and those looking forward to enjoying the weekend will fully understand the decision that has been made and the important reasoning behind it.

    We extend our apologies for any disappointment and disruption we might have caused and look forward to your continued support into next years event.

    Further speculation or adverse comment is not only unhelpful, it is unnecessary. We are all disappointed, given how rare such events are and the effort that individuals put into them.
     
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    I didnt even know Wolverton was having an openday !
     
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    A statement from The Railway Magazine regarding Wolverton - issued July 22, 2010.


    The Railway Magazine can confirm that, due to circumstances beyond our control, the Wolverton Works Open Weekend (August 14/15) will not be taking place.

    This was a decision taken by RailCare, the operator of Wolverton Works. Regrettably, The Railway Magazine was not consulted prior to this decision being taken.

    As Britain’s top-selling rail publication, The Railway Magazine has facilitated extremely successful public events of this nature in the past. Last year’s Eastleigh weekend was, in fact, one of the most popular rail open events ever staged in the UK with more than 19,000 people attending. We are happy to confirm that ticket sales for Wolverton were entirely within expected levels of demand and comparable with those of the previous events at the same stage.

    Our immediate priority is to ensure that readers of The Railway Magazine will receive their entitlements and they are therefore referred to the Transport Event Services Ltd website (www.transportevent.co.uk), which contains details of refunds. TES can also be contacted at Lime Tree Lodge, Thorpe Road, Mattersey, DN10 5ED; Tel: 01777 817798, but owing to the huge number of applications that now have to be processed, please allow at least 21 days for a response.

    Alex Robb, publishing director of The Railway Magazine, says: “We naturally feel very disappointed for the thousands of rail enthusiasts who, like us, were looking forward to the Open Weekend. We wish to extend our thanks to the many who had invested a great deal of time and money in helping to promote and arrange this event.”
    Further details will be contained in The Railway Magazine, published on August 4.

    End of statement.



    For obvious reasons, I am unable to enter into discussions on the matter.
     

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