Page last updated at 15:35 GMT, Friday, 8 May 2009 16:35 UK

High winds wreck club's concert

Collapsed marquee at Porthmadog
The marquee suffered damage on Wednesday night and during Thursday

Part of a football club's 125th anniversary celebrations have been cancelled after a marquee collapsed.

The 100 foot-long (30m) venue was damaged at Y Traeth in Porthmadog, Gwynedd, after high winds on Wednesday night, and then again during Thursday.

Organisers from Porthmadog Football Club said anyone who had bought tickets could claim a refund.

A re-scheduled event is being organised for the end of June, but organisers say it "won't be in a tent".

"The wind got it down on Wednesday night," said one of the club directors, Dafydd Wyn.

"We then spent time sorting it out and trying to get it back up on Wednesday, but it was hopeless, the wind was just too strong," he added.

Show goes on

The marquee had been up over a week, and had been used for a rock and country music event last week.

"That had gone really well," said Mr Wyn.

"It is a pity, but the location gets the wind right from the sea, and it quite open."

He added that the club had suffered problems with the wind before, but that was during the month of October no May.

"It hasn't put a dampener on celebrations for the anniversary celebrations though, because we have things happening all through the year," he said.

"We're in negotiations now with the artists - Dafydd Iwan and Tebot Piws - to see when they can come again."

"And there will also be a reunion for anyone who has ever played for any of our teams on 11 July," he added.

Porthmadog play in the Welsh Premier League, but had a disappointing season this time finishing third from bottom.



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