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Holkham Hall praised for “much better organisation” at UB40 concert

PUBLISHED: 19:14 28 August 2017

UB40 played on the Holkham Estate on Sunday, August 27. Photo: Holkham Estate/Fisheye Images

UB40 played on the Holkham Estate on Sunday, August 27. Photo: Holkham Estate/Fisheye Images

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Concert goers have praised Holkham Hall for its organisation of Sunday’s UB40 show.

Support act Radio Riddler. Photo: Holkham Estate/Fisheye Images Support act Radio Riddler. Photo: Holkham Estate/Fisheye Images

The gig was the first concert since Sir Tom Jones played at the estate in July, which saw Holkham criticised for its organisation of the event.

The evening, on July 23, saw people queuing for hours to get in and out of the carparks, and wheelchair users even being piggybacked to their cars.

However, visitors left a series of positive comments on the estate’s Facebook page after the gig on Sunday, August 27, with one satisfied customer describing it as a “perfect venue”.

Read more: ‘Wheelchair users were being piggy backed to their cars’ - Holkham Estate comes in for more criticism over Tom Jones concert

The organisers were praised for improvements made. Photo: Holkham Estate/Fisheye Images The organisers were praised for improvements made. Photo: Holkham Estate/Fisheye Images

A visitor stated: “Much better organisation for getting people out... [sic] was really great, thanks Holkham”.

Another visitor wrote: “Can I just say a big thank you, to Lord Leicester, who donned a high-vis vest and helped direct traffic for the concert at the junction of the Victoria Hotel and Park Road, and Main Roa.”

“Yes, his Lordship cares about what happens on his estate, and rightly so, other estates can take note of his leadership, and maybe follow....!!!”

Another comment reads: “Yet another great concert at Holkham Hall. UB40 & Radio Ridler were excellent. Thank you.”

Support act Radio Riddler. Photo: Holkham Estate/Fisheye Images Support act Radio Riddler. Photo: Holkham Estate/Fisheye Images

Holkham Hall also posted a number of responses to visitors concerns. They said they had not been made aware of any traffic problems, and added that everyone seemed to have arrived in plenty of time.

Read more: Sir Tom Jones fans angry and frustrated after spending up to four hours queueing at Holkham Hall concert in Norfolk

The estate also confirmed that more lighting and more experienced car park staff had been arranged for the event, to ensure parking ran smoothly.

They also said that Holkham and the promoters had reviewed the policy on food and drink, and people were able to bring picnics to UB40, which weren’t permitted at Sir Tom Jones.

The organisers of the event stated: “Following the difficult situation and recent criticism of the Sir Tom Jones concert, the estate and organisers reviewed various policies to ensure that the UB40 concert would run as smoothly as possible.

“A traffic management plan was instigated with earlier opening of the gates. The no food and drink policy was reversed and the facilities for visitors with access requirements were addressed”.

They added that: “The hard work of the estate’s team ensured that the UB40 concert was a success.”

Read more: Holkham Hall issues apology after Sir Tom Jones concert disruption

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