Thank you to all those who responded online to the question of volunteers helping to sell programmes - both positively and negatively.
A number of people wrote to us as soon as they had bought tickets, asking if they could volunteer to help in some way before the show. We saw no reason not to accept, and wondered if there were others who would like to do the same - offering a free choice from merchandise as a "thank you".
Having done this, we now find ourselves accused of using "slave labour". The band and the venues already employ a full roster of merchandise staff. This was an additional role invented purely for those who wished to volunteer.
The willing and happy spirit in which it was offered and accepted has sadly been tarnished. It does not therefore feel appropriate to continue. We are very sorry for all those who were keen to do this. Perhaps another time in a different way. Meanwhile, we look forward to seeing you at the show.