Long running legal dispute between Doncaster promoter and venue about an appearance by Paul 'Gazza' Gascgoine reaches conclusion

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
A long running legal dispute between a Doncaster promoter and a venue about an appearance by Paul 'Gazza' Gascgoine has finally reached a conclusion.

On 27th February 2024, Mr Jason Mace of Empress Rooms Ltd filed an online civil money claim against local promoter Reyt Good Events for over £7,000 in compensation for a room hire cancellation which was done at six weeks notice due to insurmountable differences.

The cancellation was a room booking for an appearance by football icon Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

A war of words broke out between Mexborough’s Empress Building and promoter Reyt Good Events after the latter switched the event with the former England star to Pastures Lodge.

Paul 'Gazza' Gascgoine in his heyday.Paul 'Gazza' Gascgoine in his heyday.
Paul 'Gazza' Gascgoine in his heyday.

On 29th May 2024, before the proper officer sitting at the county court in Doncaster, sitting at Doncaster Justice Centre South, it was ordered that the claim stands struck out.

A spokesperson for Reyt Good Events said: “We were always confident this wouldn’t reach the hearing stage and as such we have kept quiet on social media about the matter in a professional manner until an outcome was reached whilst we focused on our final year lineup of shows.

“We expect Mr Mace to apply to reinstate the claim but until we receive any formal documentation we consider the claim closed.

“As ever, thanks to everyone for the support.”

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Jemma Evans, general manager at Empress Building & Ballroom, said: “This was an administrative error. The court struck out the case because the court fee was not paid on time, not because the claim lacked merit, as Craig Mastrototaro of Reyt Good Events is suggesting in his Facebook post.

“The head office of the Empress Rooms is our accountant, and they did not receive the payment instructions, resulting in the oversight. Our accountants, Brierley and Co., have written a letter in support of this, and we have submitted an N244 application to the court to reinstate the hearing date.”

Related topics:

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.