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Chat show legend Sir Michael Parkinson forced to cancel Rochdale festival appearance

07 September 2017

Sir Michael Parkinson.

Sir Michael Parkinson has had to cancel his appearance at Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival while he recovers from a back operation.

The chat show legend was due to appear at the Gracie Fields Theatre in Rochdale next month as part of our 7 day festival.

His agent released a statement saying Sir Michael recently visited hospital in order to undergo minor surgery on his back:

"Though unexpected, this was a routine and successful operation. Healing time for the procedure usually takes around 6 to 8 weeks to make a full recovery, so as advised by his doctors, Sir Michael will be taking this time to recuperate. In light of this, Sir Michael will be altering his schedule accordingly, meaning that unfortunately he won't be able to attend the Rochdale festival this year."

Sir Michael said he plans to appear at the festival in 2018: "I'm sorry to disappoint and apologies for the late notice but sadly it was unavoidable. I hope to be back to my best soon and I look forward to performing in Rochdale next year."

Ticket holders who booked online will automatically receive a refund, whilst those who booked in person are asked to visit Touchstones Rochdale from Wednesday, 13 September 2017 with their tickets for a refund. See the Touchstones Rochdale opening times.

'I'm sorry to disappoint and apologies for the late notice but sadly it was unavoidable'

This year there are nearly 40 events in 13 venues from 17 to 23 October during the festival organised by us, plus preview events from September 2017.  The line-up includes writer and comedian Jenny Eclair, former Home Secretary Alan Johnson, Manchester poet Tony Walsh, former hostage and peace envoy Terry Waite CBE, plus bestselling crime writer Mandasue Heller and many more.

Events cover drama, comedy, poetry, spoken word, visual arts and children's shows, plus 'Generation Z' events for 14 to 25 year olds.

Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival - view the full line-up and to book tickets.

For festival updates on Twitter connect with @RochdaleLitFest

The festival is organised by us, supported by the Maskew Bequest and sponsored by The Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre and creative digital media company - JGM Agency