PLANS to turn a new road tunnel on Coventry’s ring road into a nightclub have been put on hold following the death of local teenage, Daniel Kirkwood.
Organisers of Coventry’s Motofest 2015 made the decision to postpone the planned Tunnel Club event comes after the 18 year-old was stabbed to death outside Society night club on Tower Street in the early hours of Mother’s Day.
Over 1,000 tickets have already been bought for the event, which would have seen the new Greyfriars Tunnel transformed into a temporary nightspot on the Saturday night of the three-day motoring festival.
Motofest 2015 Festival Director, James Noble explained the decision to cancel the event was made as a ‘mark of respect’ to the family.
He added: “We have been in consultation with Coventry City Council and the police and we have decided that it would not be appropriate to stage such a large scale dance event with an early hours licence, given recent events.
“The emotions in the city are still very raw at the moment around his tragic death and we don’t consider it right to be putting on a dance event, given what’s taken place.
“The rest of the Motofest 2015 festival will proceed as planned with the intention as always of ensuring the three days are a celebration of Coventry’s internationally renowned motoring heritage.
“We would also like to extend our condolences to Daniel’s family at this most difficult time.”
Mr Noble also assured anyone who has already purchased tickets for the Tunnel Club night that will receive a full refund and will be notified by Ticketmaster as soon as possible.
Coventry’s Motofest 2015 is a three-day festival, beginning on Friday 29 May, dedicated to the city’s motoring heritage involving pop-up racing, demonstration events, static displays and live music – an ‘Edinburgh Festival’ for cars, bikes and vehicles.