McFly show in jeopardy

SAVE our shows!That was the appeal launched to local businesses today as two of the summer's biggest events in Ipswich came under threat.McFly's Christchurch Park concert on July 29 and the Prom in the Park the following day will be called off unless businesses come up with £30,000 in sponsorship by the end of the week.

SAVE our shows!

That was the appeal launched to local businesses today as two of the summer's biggest events in Ipswich came under threat.

McFly's Christchurch Park concert on July 29 and the Prom in the Park the following day will be called off unless businesses come up with £30,000 in sponsorship by the end of the week.

More than 3,000 McFly fans could lose their money if the concert is cancelled.


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The shows have been plunged into doubt after McFly promoters John Hessenthaler Productions went into administration on June 20.

Accountancy firm Ensors is now running the business, and partner Steven Law said people who bought tickets before that date were likely to lose their money unless they paid with credit cards.

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Since the administrators were appointed, a further 200 tickets had been sold - and those purchasers were protected.

The Prom in the Park is not a John Hessenthaler production, but it is sharing the same stage as McFly and Mr Law felt it would be unable to go ahead if the concert the previous night was cancelled.

So far, 3,600 fans have bought tickets for the McFly concert, at £25.50 each plus a booking fee.

Mr Law said: "Time is of the essence because the concert is only two-and-a-half weeks away and hopefully an organisation or a group of organisations can be found by the end of the week."

He added: "If we can't do that then 3,400 ticket holders will basically not get their money back. Ticket sales after June 20 will be refunded but before that it is difficult unless they have paid by credit card."

Rock concert promoters John Hessenthaler Productions Ltd, whose registered office is in Colchester, went into administration on June 20.

Mr Law added: "We would probably be looking for a minimum sponsorship of £5,000 each, which means we could have up to six people or companies helping out.

Anyone who is interested in sponsoring the concert should call Mr Law or Nigel Mayhew at Ensors on 01473 220022.

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