Hundreds miss concert in council car park mishap in Wetherby

Wetherby band trust secretary Mary Gray with apology from LCC.
Wetherby band trust secretary Mary Gray with apology from LCC.

Hundreds of people missed a popular concert when Leeds City Council (LCC) to carry out work on a car park without telling organisers.

The wilderness car park, which is used when concerts are performed on the bandstand, was closed by LCC on the day a band was due to play.

Typically attracting hundreds of people, this concert had to be cancelled when a sign saying the work would be carried our was noticed, though the council hadn’t informed organisers.

Though Wetherby Coun Alan Lamb (Con) managed to stop the work going ahead, the concert by Huddersfield Wind Band had already been cancelled as they were travelling from some distance.

Secretary of the band trust Mary Gray said: “We get hundreds of people on a Sunday afternoon, it isn’t just a dozen people with garden chairs. It has a real following.

“There are so many people that come and some who are disabled sit close by in their cars to hear the concert.

“People come from Leeds and York and all around the district, so it isn’t as if they can just walk down the road.

“It is vital to the success of the concert.”

Coun Lamb said he was ‘extremely annoyed’ about the work being carried out without any information coming to the ward members.

An LCC spokesman said: “We sincerely apologise for the breakdown in communication in this instance, and are aware this affected and subsequently meant a local event was cancelled.

“We will ensure that we make people aware of the work much earlier in the future, and apologise for the inconvenience caused.”