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Legoland’s Muslim fun-day cancelled after serious threats

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A Muslim fun-day, which was due to be held at Legoland Windsor this weekend, has been forced to be cancelled after far-right extremists targeted the event.

Racial tension was stirred after more than 1,000 Muslim families were due to attend a private event at the resort in Windsor, Berkshire, on Sunday 9th March.

CLOSED: Legoland Windsor will not host the Muslim fun-day this weekend, but instead will be closed up until the 14th March

CLOSED: Legoland Windsor will not host the Muslim fun-day this weekend, but instead will be closed up until the 14th March

The attraction received threatening phone calls, emails and social media posts for being hired exclusively by the Muslim Research and Development Foundation (MRDF).

Legoland decided to cancel the event following talks with the organisers and Thames Valley Police, and officials will shut the 150-room hotel this weekend.

The theme park itself was always planned to be closed to the public this weekend and will reopen for the 2014 season on 14th March, a spokeswoman said.

She said: “Unfortunately the Legoland Windsor resort has had to close the hotel on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March 2014 after threats from right-wing groups made against the resort.

“The hotel closure follows the cancellation of a private event that was due to take place on Sunday 9th March prior to the theme park reopening for the 2014 season on Friday 14th March.

“We are extremely sorry that we've had to cancel guest bookings and wholeheartedly understand the disappointment of those families that will be unable to attend, particularly as we haven't been able to give them more notification because of the dynamic nature of this situation.”

In a statement posted on its website, the MRDF said it had received a number of threats over the past few weeks and despite working to find a conclusion with the theme park had to accept the event was to be cancelled.

“Together with these threats, publication of several articles in the national press helped fuel further hatred and resentment towards the event, resulting in further negative impact on the security of the event,” it read.

“It was evident from these hate articles and threats that this was not an attack on MRDF alone but was an outright attack on Islam and Muslims in the UK.

“Although we worked hard with Legoland to find a solution to the threats and negative press, Legoland made the decision to cancel the event as they could not guarantee the safety of the attendees and their staff."

No more Parties in the Park

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After 20 years of concerts, Leeds’ annual Party in the Park event has officially been cancelled after the cost of operating the day has become too much for organisers.

The budgetary pressures on both organisers, Leeds City Council and Radio Aire, to host and produce the event are significant; with organisers stating that the only way to continue the ‘Party’ would be to introduce significantly higher ticket prices.

As Leeds City Council and Radio Aire remain committed to keeping ticket prices as affordable as possible for Leeds residents, the event will take a break in 2014. Leeds City Council and Radio Aire hope to continue their long-standing relationship through other event opportunities in the future.

The council is also considering the implications and potential options around the annual Opera in the Park and Classical Fantasia events. A further announcement regarding both concerts will be made once all options have been investigated by the council.

CANCELLED: Party in the Park has been cancelled due to budgetary restraints

CANCELLED: Party in the Park has been cancelled due to budgetary restraints

A Leeds City Council spokesperson said: “It is with great regret that we are no longer able to work with Radio Aire to deliver Party in the Park in 2014 and we thank Radio Aire for all their hard work and support in helping us organise this event in previous years.

“We will be continuing to look at every option available to us both in the short-term and long-term around Opera in the Park and Classical Fantasia, and also as part of this work, be considering other events that could in the future be potentially held in our city.”

Up to 70,000 people attend the event every year with huge names such as Dizzee Rascal and One Direction performing to the fans.