A Wiltshire pub landlord has told the High Court in London that his entirebusiness has collapsed since Van Morrison cancelled an intimate gig at his pub last August. As previously reported, publican Gary Marlow is suing Van Morrison and his management company Exile for up to £400,000 after the singer pulled out of the summer gig at the last minute.
Representing the owner of the Crown Hotel, lawyer Stuart Cakebread said the
cancellation had hugely damaged the reputation of the pub and its landlord and, as a result, "the business simply collapsed and turnover plummeted." Cakebread said that Marlow ran a popular establishment prior to the cancellation, but since the debacle party bookings have slumped, subsequent
events have flopped and, despite hiring a notable chef, custom across the board is down. He says the change in fortune was caused by the Morrison
cancellation, which severely damaged the reputation of the pub and its owner.
Morrison's representatives say that there was no breach of contract in their
client's decision to cancel the intimate gig at the last minute. While the singer himself will not attend court, representatives from Exile will repute Marlow's allegations arguing his claim for compensation is unsubstantiated.