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Take That fans’ ticket fears as Lowestoft Travel closes

PUBLISHED: 15:37 22 March 2011

HUNDREDS of holidaymakers and concert goers, some of whom had booked tickets for a Take That gig, have been left in the dark after the owner of Lowestoft Travel and two of his employees were jailed for importing drugs.

Over 200 fans of the boy band from the Lowestoft and Yarmouth area paid £129 for a ticket to the gig at Wembley stadium, but were unsure this week whether they were entitled to a refund after Symon Thorp, 44, the company’s owner, was jailed for four years at Canterbury Crown Court on March 15.

Owen Marshall-Elliot, 68, who worked for Thorp, was also jailed for three years, while David Clark, 51, received a two year jail term.

The trio were arrested at Dover on June 29 after customs officials found four holdalls containing 23.9kg of cannabis, with a street value of £68,832, in the main hold of a double decker bus owned by Thorp.

The firm’s phone line was not working this week, prompting speculation the company would be closed down.

The tickets were bought through two agencies- Music Lovers in Gorleston and Anglia Copy and Print- working on behalf of the ticket supplier Lowestoft Travel, which was also organising coaches for the gig, but customers have not yet received their tickets.


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