UKIP leader Nigel Farage cancelled an appearance at the party’s new North Thanet constituency office after his security detail decided market stalls outside posed a risk.
Mr Farage was due to visit Herne Bay this morning (Saturday) to open Ukip’s new office in Mortimer Street.
However, local party officials were told the parliamentary candidate for neighbouring South Thanet would not be attending, due to “security issues” with stalls from the town’s Saturday market.
Branch chairman John Moore said: “Nigel is box office, everyone wants to see him, but the stalls presented an issue for his security.
“There is no rear access otherwise they would have brought him through the back of the building. I can only pass on his apologies to everybody on behalf of the local party.”
“We will get him to come down another time, but hopefully next time not on a Saturday when the market stalls are outside.”
Mr Farage’s decision not to attend meant North Thanet candidate Piers Wauchope was left to cut the ribbon on the campaign office by himself.
The Ukip leader also disappointed his South Thanet rival Prophet Zebadiah Abu-Obadiah, leader of the Al-Zebabist Nation of OOOG, who turned out to protest the event.