Organisers forced to cancel fundraising gig due to safety fears

A fundraising gig was cancelled amid safety concerns SUS-160316-152155001
A fundraising gig was cancelled amid safety concerns SUS-160316-152155001

A fundraising gig to raise money for refugees and the homeless was forced to cancel after intimidation from a splinter group of far-right street protesters.

Simon Wood organised the event, which was due to take place at the Seaford Con Club on Friday (March 18).

The evening was set to feature Simon’s band, Anti-dim Outfit, the legendary Charlie Harper (UK Subs), and local band the Koan Brothers.

Simon’s partner, Kristina Veasey, said: “Unfortunately, the Con Club have had to cancel our booking for the refugee and homeless fundraising gig. We are told by management this is due to intimidation from the far right and consideration for safety of staff and audience.

“It is a small venue without the security to ensure safety of audience and staff, or protection of the newly refurbished building, should any far-right supporters come to cause trouble.

“As organisers of this charity event, we are disappointed we will have to postpone what will be a fantastic musical line-up and a fun way to raise much-needed funds for people without shelter. However, we want to be clear that ignorance and hate are not welcome here and this event will be rescheduled.

“Since the cancellation was announced, there has been a great strength of feeling shown on local social media. This has been really encouraging.

“This event was arranged to raise funds for direct actions such as building shelters and providing meals for refugees in Calais. Volunteers from Lewes and the surrounding areas (Lewes Refugee Action Group) have been travelling to Calais to help them build shelters, taking with them donations of clothes and sleeping bags from local families who want to help.

“Watching our friends volunteering and hearing their accounts of what is happening on the ground has made us desperate to help. No one should be without shelter. Not in this country or in any other, so we decided to raise money for both the refugees in Calais and the homeless people in our own area.

“It was not going to be a huge event but we wanted to raise awareness in Seaford as well as raise funds.

“We are aware that some tickets were bought in advance. Please contact the venue where you bought your ticket for details on how to get a refund.”

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