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Lichfield Winter Wonderland closes after insolvency

A Winter Wonderland attraction has closed after the company running it became insolvent.

The Lichfield attraction included an ice rink, outdoor cinema and fairground rides along with more than 40 stalls selling hot and cold food and drinks.

The Wonderland at Beacon Park was due to run from 14 December to 4 January 2019 according to online listings.

Insolvency firm Libertas Associates Limited is dealing with the wind down of the business.

Café International Limited, trading as Lichfield Winter Wonderland, posted on its website that it was "very disappointed to advise that due to unforeseen circumstances the attraction has been forced to close with immediate effect".

It added that customers who wished to seek a refund should contact the UK Cards Association.

Lichfield District Council said it had been notified of the cancellation of the event.

Local businesses responded by saying they were organising alternative events.

Lichfield Business Improvement District said it was working with Lichfield Cathedral colleagues and others to illuminate the cathedral for families affected by the closure.

Jon Arrowsmith who runs company Cockerhip Creative, the firm behind the Lichfield Food Festival said: "We want to turn something negative into a positive.

"We're putting on a special illumination display of the cathedral and creating a Santa's grotto for the children on Saturday.

"It's not fair for the 300 people or so who have bought tickets to the Wonderland to be disappointed."

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