Writ out of hell for Meat Loaf lookalike

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Meat Loaf's tour bus usually travels like a bat out of hell.

But when he arrived at one gig, it was more a case of stuck in the mud.

Tribute artist Dean Torkington was due to play his To Hell and Back act at the Thirsk and Sowerby Institute in Yorkshire but refused to go on stage after his three and a half ton motorhome got stuck on a cycle track.

Club staff also demolished a fence and took down a bollard in a bid to get him to the venue, but to no avail.

Dean from Euxton, near Chorley, took the working men's club to the small claims court demanding full payment of his 800 fee.

But the club counter-sued to claim back its lost ticket sales and was awarded ,1950.15 by Deputy District Judge Michael Rooze at Darlington County Court.

Dean, who has performed in a tribute act to the rock icon for 13 years, said it was impossible for him to get his motorhome and trailer to the club for the gig on March 28.

He told the Evening Post: "It's ridiculous. I got stuck in a load of mud because there was no road to the club.

"They told me to go up a dirt track for about 300 yards but I got about four foot down there and got stuck. I had been in Birmingham the night before and drove for four hours to get there, and spent an hour trying to get down the road."

And he claimed other acts have had difficulties accessing the club as well.

But Kevin Andrew, secretary of the Thirsk and Sowerby Institute, said: "A lot of people were very disappointed. We had to tell people on the door it was not going ahead.

"He could have parked on a doctor's car park and we would have helped him with his equipment, but he sped off and didn't give us a chance to offer him alternative access.

"He was bang out of order."

Dean also managed to land himself in legal hot water earlier this year when he was told his luxury motorhome, which he uses to travel between gigs, was too much like his hero's.

He was forced to pay 1,000 to have the paintwork altered.

Deputy District Judge Rooze ordered Dean to pay up in full by September 12.

Dean now intends to appeal against the judge's decision.

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