A PARTY will be held at the Westland Leisure Complex in Yeovil to celebrate everything good about the venue – before it closes.

The venue is to close at the end of September – regardless of whether a possible takeover bid led by South Somerset District Council becomes a reality.

The council has said that even if the complex owners, AgustaWestland, agree to its proposals the venue will still close as expected in September. It would then re-open – if everything goes according to plan – a few months later under council management.

A concert by singer Joe Longthorne was to be held at Westland on Friday, September 25 – but that has been cancelled due to the singer’s ongoing health problems. But a new event is quickly being prepared to be held instead.

The Prove It party will be held to celebrate the years of events held at the Westland venue with a feast of talent from across the area.

A spokesman said: “This is a real chance to emphasise at a crucial time just how popular the venue can be.

“We are laying down the gauntlet to everyone who had anything to say about the potential closure to come and support this event.

“From out and out campaigners to those who have commented on social media – here’s your chance to get behind your comments and turn up and enjoy this event.

“We have a brilliant evening planned – so speak with your actions Yeovil.”

Tickets are priced £10 and available from Westlands on 01935-848380.

Star guest and host for the night will be former Allo Allo actress Vicki Michelle.

The line-up of acts – with more to follow – include The Dance Academy, the Allen School of Dance, and the Yeovilton Military Wives Choir.

The producers for Joe Lonthorne’s show have apologised to people for having to cancel his concert.

“We are sorry to have to advise that the performance of Joe on September 25 will have to be re-arranged for a new date,” said a statement.

“Joe is currently receiving treatment for mouth cancer and his medical team have advised that he will not be 100 per cent fit by the time of the engagement.

“The treatment is going well and Joe should be back at work sometime in the autumn.”