Winery tour bumps city off schedule

CHRIS HYDE
Last updated 09:00 08/02/2014

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"Unforseen circumstances" is the only explanation being offered up as to why the Classic Hits Winery Tour's Palmerston North show was dumped from the national schedule.

The Winery Tour, which this year features The Exponents, Stan Walker and Breaks Co-Op, was due to return to the Arena Manawatu lawns on Tuesday, after a two-year absence.

But the show was canned and a press release, which the Manawatu Standard has been unable to find, was issued by promoters CRS on January 17, Arena Manawatu manager David Walsh said.

The release blamed unforseen circumstances, with ticket holders offered a full refund or the opportunity to use their ticket at Martinborough or other neighbouring venues, he said.

Palmerston North has already missed the cut for the Winery Tour for the past two years, with a spokesman previously saying the lack of a winery in the area was a reason the city was taken off the itinerary.

"We got the call from them saying it had been cancelled," Mr Walsh said. "A lot of events come through here and a lot of them can be cancelled for all sorts of different circumstances. It's not necessarily unusual although it is a bit of a disappointment.

"They had two very successful shows here and I was looking forward to seeing them back here again."

CRS promoter Campbell Smith was unavailable at late notice to explain the reasoning behind the cancellation.

There are 16 locations across the country that the summer tour takes in. It began in Hamilton on January 31 and ends in Blenheim on March 1.

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- Manawatu Standard

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