Boy cried all weekend as campsite refused family entry for being scousers

A three-year-old boy was left in tears after being refused entry to an event and campsite because they were from Liverpool, his dad has claimed.

Peter Jordan and his family travelled more than 150 miles to the Billing Road Show, in Northampton, which was held over June 26 and 27.

The event sees thousands of Land Rover and car enthusiasts meet for an annual off-road car show.

As well as watching cars take part in a number of off-road courses and demonstrations, visitors can also stay at the onsite campsite.

But Peter claims that when his family turned up to the Billing Road Show they were refused entry because he was a "scouser", despite paying for a ticket and camping pitch, the Liverpool Echo reports.

After being refused entry he said his son "cried all weekend" and that he met other Liverpool families at a nearby site who were also turned away.

He said a friend phoned him up and said they’d been knocked back but he assumed it was because they were a group of lads.

The dad, who was travelling with three of his kids, didn’t think they’d refuse entry to a family.

The 40-year-old told the ECHO: "I’d had a phone call from one of my friends who said they're not letting scousers on the site.

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"I just thought maybe they turned up with gangs of lads but I thought I’d not have any problems as I was with my family.

"As I got to the gate I asked the guy where to check in , showed him my ticket and he said 'no, we’re not letting anyone in from Liverpool.'

"We were turned away just for being scousers.

"He recognised my voice, I had no need to be anyone other than myself so didn’t attempt to change my accent."

Peter said that when he arrived at an alternative campsite in the area he was told other people from Liverpool had experienced the same thing.

He added: "It was late when we arrived, we’d travelled all day and just wanted to sleep so we made our way to find another campsite after being refused.

"Then numerous other campers who were also from Liverpool said they’d been told the same thing."

Peter booked the Billing Off Road Show three months in advance and spent money on a motor home and camping supplies for the trip.

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Getting to and from the Land Rover Show, at Northamptonshire, cost him around £150 in diesel alone.

He said: "We purchased tickets to the show because I've been twice before and had a great time.

"We bought tickets three months ago, prepared for it, bought a motor home, cost me £150 in diesel to get there and back when we got to the campsite they said we were not allowing people from Liverpool to camp on the site."

To make matters worse, Peter said his three-year-old son was upset about not being able to go all weekend.

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He added: "It's not just the ticket for the campsite. I spent a whole lot of money for the whole thing, planning it for months in advance and they wouldn’t even let us in as a day visitor to the event the next day.

"My three-year-old son just wants to see the Land Rovers and he's cried all weekend.

"I bumped into a lot of families and they were all let down with upset kids. It's not about me, we're adults we can deal with it but we planned it for the kids , for three months we were telling them we were going to do something and it didn’t happen."

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Peter says he is still awaiting a refund for the campsite pitch.

He said: "It cost me £70 for the pitch and I was told by security to put it in writing in an email.

"I've not received any emails back regarding how I’m going to be paid or refunded back.

"They've barred me from Instagram because I left a comment complaining on one of their pictures."

The Daily Star has contacted the Billing Off Road Show for comment.

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