12:18pm Saturday 31st August 2013
By Stuart Laundy
ORGANISERS of the first event planned for a renovated arts complex have been forced to switch venue after being told the facilities will not ready in time.
Barnard Castle's Funny Way To Be comedy club was due to stage a gala night at The Witham, which has undergone a £3.2million refurbishment, on Friday, September 6.
However, with work still to be completed at the complex, in Horse Market, Barnard Castle, the show has been switched to the Parish Hall, in Newgate.
The show will be headlined by TV star Mark Watson, with support from six of the UK's best comedy acts - Romesh Ranganathan, Tom Deacon, Matt Richardson, Eric Lampaert, Foil Arms and Hog & Nat Luurtsema.
Organiser Peter Dixon said the switch of venue meant the show was now a sell-out. Anyone not wishing to attend due to the change of venue will be offered a full refund.
“The reason for the move is to allow finishing off works at The Witham. These are circumstances beyond our control.
“Everyone coming along to the gala can be assured of an outstanding and fantastic night of comedy.
“Very few rural towns will have ever had such a high calibre of line-up and the night will be a real first for the town.”
The show will start at 8pm with doors open at 7.30pm.
For further information, go to www.funnywaytobe.co.uk
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