Two Strictly tour shows cancelled after water leak

image captionCrowds waited for the doors to open to the Hydro after being told the show would be delayed

A second performance of Strictly Come Dancing's live tour in Glasgow has been cancelled, leaving thousands of fans disappointed.

The SSE Hydro blamed the last-minute call-off of the matinee show on a water leak affecting the stage area.

It later confirmed that the evening performance was also cancelled.

In a tweet, it said: "Our venue team has worked hard to resolve the water leak issue and to determine the cause, which has still to be established."

They also apologised to ticket holders who had to wait outside the Hydro in the rain, before learning that the matinee was cancelled.

Audience members told BBC Scotland they waited at the doors to venue after initially being told the matinee had been postponed, rather than cancelled.

They said some children were in tears when its cancellation was confirmed.

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The matinee, which was due to start at 13:30, was one of four performances scheduled to take place over the weekend.

Two shows went ahead as planned on Saturday.

Leanne Dudley told BBC Scotland she had travelled from Edinburgh with her family especially to see the show.

She was one of a number of ticket holders who complained that they had not been told the reason for the cancellation.

She said they been left "very disappointed" after waiting outside the venue for two and half hours.

image captionHannah, Carla and Leanne Dudley had travelled from Edinburgh to see the show

Her daughter, Hannah, said the ticket was a present for her birthday.

"We were waiting for two hours then when it was time to go in they said they had to postpone it," she said.

"An hour later they said it's cancelled and everyone was wet. It was my birthday present so I'm quite upset. There were loads of children crying."

image captionGraham and Maxine came from Durham to see Strictly

A couple from Durham were also amongst those left disappointed by the cancellation.

Maxine and Graham had stayed overnight in Glasgow ahead of the performance.

"I had a lovely day and night in Glasgow, then came today and saw all these queues and thought what is going on," Maxine said.

She said a security officer suggested somewhere they could take shelter while they waited for the doors to open, but they received no official information.

"There's been nothing, even the security staff don't know what's going on," she said. "It's very disappointing. It's the little girls crying that really got me, they were breaking their little hearts in there."

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image captionThe Strictly Come Dancing live tour was in Glasgow this weekend

In its initial statement, the SSE Hydro apologised for the matinee's cancellation, which was caused by a water leak.

"The team worked hard to resolve the problem which became apparent shortly before doors opened. The cause of which is unknown," they added.

"We are liaising with the promoter of the event to reschedule the show, however refunds are available from the point of purchase and we sincerely apologise to those affected."

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