Rain causes chaos at Masked Ball on Lizard
WEATHER has wreaked havoc at one of Cornwall's most iconic events, forcing organisers to turn people away.
The site of last night's Masked Ball on a clifftop near Helston descended into chaos due to the earlier heavy rain.
The organisers of the legendary biannual charity all-nighter were sending messages out on Facebook and Twitter that no more revellers should drive to the sit at Camel Farm, St Martin.
Just before 10pm, they posted on Facebook: "Attention!!!
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"We've had huge problems in the car parks due to the massive rain fall 2 hrs ago-were getting cars in but very slowly-if you havent left yet please give it a few hours-were desperately doing everything we can. Please bear with us."
Despite having laid down 25 tons of hardcore, the rain rendered the car parks useless, and about an hour later, they added: "Everyone.
"We're in an impossible situation here, due to circumstances beyond our control we asking people to turn back. We can no long admit cars to the site-if you can get dropped off it's ok but if you're in the queue we can only say we are completely devastated, I know you all are too-we will honour tickets that have been bought with summer tickets thats all I can manage to say for now. Its totally beyond our control."
The messages met met with mostly sympathetic responses as revellers and would be revellers predominantly blamed the weather and not the organisers, asked for and shared suggestions for alternative parking and access or commiserated about missing out and discussed other plans.
Billed as the UK's largest Hallowe'en party, the event suffered a setback when Grandmaster Flash pulled out at the last minute, but replacement headliner Leftfield was lined up last week.
The events, attended by thousands and always sold out, have become a highlight of the Cornish social calendar, featuring DJs, bands, several different venues and weird and wonderful experiences and settings.
Its website says: "The Masked Ball is the biannual event that takes place for only the finest party goers. Located in stunning rural locations in West Cornwall it has become the highlight of Cornwall's social calendar. Featuring internationally renowned DJs and live bands alongside the majority of Cornwall's top DJs each Masked Ball is curated with passionate detail resulting in legendary nights out. The Ball actively raises money for a number of local causes including The Porthleven Christmas Lights Fund, SAS, St Keverne Christmas Lights, and the PANTS charity based in Falmouth."
Refunds were offered to anyone unhappy about the change of headliner and those turned away due to weather are being offered tickets to the summer ball instead.
As storm warnings emerged earlier in the day, the organisers posted on Facebook: "As I'm sure you're aware we've been issued with a severe weather warning...and after all night deliberating we've had to act on this.
"We have 8 areas that are undercover but in one (the main stage) we've had to take the safe option and take the tent down as it faces straight into the predicted gale...we are totally gutted and its a huge shame but the thought of you ...lot having it under umbrellas sounds kinda cool...
"In the six years of balls we been pretty lucky so its probably our time to get a pasting.
"Our advice is to come prepared, all other areas are undercover and theres still a lot of room to stay dry and shake your tail feather."