CONTROVERSIAL stand-up comedian Roy Chubby Brown’s gig at Trowbridge Civic Centre on Thursday has been cancelled.

The count for the General Election was moved from the Civic Centre to County Hall when the snap election was called by Theresa May due to the comedian’s anticipated performance, and will remain there despite the cancellation.

A Wiltshire Council spokesman said: "The count will remain at County Hall as logistically it would be too difficult to change it at this late stage."

The 72-year-old comedian, who is well-known for his outrageous comments and blue humour, posted on his Facebook page this morning to say: “I was told by my management on Thursday that the show wouldn't be happening, I don't even know the reason why!”

However, when contacted by the Wiltshire Times, show promoter Steven Lloyd said the reason for cancellation was due to a ‘family matter that Roy can't get out of,' adding that ticket holders have been refunded and that they hope to return to Trowbridge later this year.

A Civic Centre spokesman said the announcement ‘took us completely by surprise yesterday’.

Family members of service users at The Medley, a day centre for adults with learning difficulties based in County Hall, expressed anger earlier this month as the centre will be closed on Friday due to the election count (link below).