Jun 18 2010 by Lisa Boyle, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
TOP psychic Derek Acorah missed his only Ayrshire show – after his crew filled the car with the wrong fuel.
More than 500 fans were left reeling on Saturday night when they turned up at Ayr’s Citadel to learn that the show was axed.
A notice on the door blamed “transport problems” for the eleventh hour cancellation.
One angry fan said: “How ironic – a psychic cancelling his show due to unforeseen circumstances.
“Derek has gone from being a medium to a not-so-good!”
Although South Ayrshire Council managed to get announcements on West Sound Radio, busloads of excited fans travelled the length and breadth of the country to see Mr Acorah.
They were given full refunds for their tickets but were still left disappointed.
Devastated Rubin Maflure from Prestwick waited years to see the spiritualist in the flesh.
She said: “I was overcome with joy to actually know that I could go and see his show and waited patiently for the day to come around.
“As I'm elderly and frail I called the Citadel to find out when the doors open so I could get in there first, before the rush.
“I was told that Mr Acorah had called at 2pm to say he was cancelling his show for that night.
“I feel sorry for the Citadel which has promoted this event. I hope Mr Acorah never comes back again and I will never speak this man's name again.”
A spokesperson for Mr Acorah said: “Derek was on his way, however their van was filled up at a motorway station with the wrong fuel.
“They contacted the venue that there was no tow truck available to tow them for many hours.
“A new date will be announced soon.”
Roddy Macdonald, South Ayrshire Council’s head of community development, explained: “At 12.20pm, we were advised by Derek Acorah’s manager, Stuart Hobday, that the car carrying Mr Acorah had broken down and that he was cancelling the show.
“The Citadel manager established from Mr Hobday that Mr Acorah’s car was 180 miles away and stuck on the hard shoulder of the motorway.”
Mr Macdonald continued: “We suggested that every possibility of getting Derek Acorah to the Citadel should be pursued, even if the show might open later than planned.
“At 2.10pm we learned from Mr Hobday that he had been unsuccessful in making arrangements to get to Ayr and he was cancelling the show.
“Our efforts to contact ticket holders were largely successful, but with such short notice, we were unable to contact everyone.
“We apologise for the disappointment the cancellation has caused and for any inconvenience our customers may have incurred.”
Last month, Mr Acorah told the Post he couldn’t wait to wow a packed crowd in Ayr.
He said: “I was last in Ayr nine years ago when I performed at the Gaiety theatre.
“The people up there are so kind and I just love the Ayrshire coast.
“I’m really looking forward to coming back.”