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Not quite so Big: Big Ball cancelled and replaced with free event

GCU’s Big Masquerade Ball has been cancelled with just over a week until it was due to take place.

The event only managed to sell 23 tickets, whilst the more expensive Sports Ball has over 300 students attending.

Also, the free replacement ‘Star Awards’ event has already sold more tickets in its first few hours after being announced.

GCU Student President, Lauren Ramage said it was a “really tough” decision for the event committee to make.

She said: “There doesn’t seem to be a demand for this type of event.

“We want it to be a great night for those who purchased tickets and a special night for those shortlisted for the awards and therefore feel that having an alternative event will be better and more enjoyable for everyone.”

The Big Ball which was going to be held in the Hamish Wood Event space, was charging students £33 per ticket with discounts available to society & media members (£28). In addition, if a student had completed the Student Leaders Programme they could purchase a ticket for £23 as a reward.  Those who have bought a ticket will receive a full refund on the 28th March.

There will still be a full awards ceremony at the ‘Star Awards’ which will take place in the Student Bistro on the 11th April, with free food and drink available. The Student Association have said however that tickets must be booked in advance.

Tickets for the new free event can be booked from the Students’ Association website.

Feature photo credit: Robert Wilson