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Frank Sinatra fans furious after impersonator mix-up

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Frank Sinatra fans have been left furious after discovering a tribute act set for Belfast is performing in Missouri in the United States instead.

About 1,200 people had bought tickets to see Triffitt in Frank, Dean and Sammy’s Christmas Special at the Waterfront Hall on Thursday night.

But just hours before the curtain was due to go up on the Winter Wonderland performance, it emerged that Stephen Triffitt — the UK’s best-known impersonator of Ol’ Blue Eyes — was playing 4,000 miles away.

The show went ahead with a last-minute stand-in, Stephen Rashbrook. Promoter Joe Gallagher, from Strabane, said he had only heard of the double-booking 48 hours beforehand.

However, another impersonator, Louis Hoover had reported the matter to the PSNI.

Last night a PSNI spokesman said it had investigated a complaint about the Sinatra concert from a member of the public on December 10, but “no crime has been found”.

Trading Standards said that while promoters can argue circumstances beyond control, how an event is promoted and advertised should be taken into consideration.

Meanwhile, a statement on the Waterfront Hall website read: “The part of Frank Sinatra, which was to have been undertaken by Stephen Triffitt, will now be undertaken by Stephen Rashbrook.

“Mr Triffitt has informed us within the last 48 hours that he is unable to perform due to contractual difficulties.

“We are very pleased to have secured the services of Stephen Rashbrook and the show will proceed as normal featuring him as Frank Sinatra, Alex Bourne as Dean Martin and Jason Pennycooke as Sammy Davis Jr.

“All three are Rat Pack live from Las Vegas cast, who performed in the show in its four-year run in London’s West End, on tour in Europe and the USA.

“Any patron not wishing to see the show and receive a refund due to the above change will be entitled to one,” the statement added.

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