Ex Bridlington Spa boss Andrew Aldis to take action against council over sacking

The former boss of Bridlington Spa who says he was sacked for refusing a pay cut will take his ex-employers to an industrial tribunal.

Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 8:56 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 8:58 am
Former Bridlington Spa boss Andrew Aldis.

Andrew Aldis, who was general manager of the spectacular council-owned venue until last month, says he would have seen his earnings drop by nearly 10 per cent following a restructure by East Riding Yorkshire Council.

When he refused to accept the regrading of his post, he said his employment was terminated.

“I have put 10 years of my life into Bridlington Spa,” said Mr Aldis.

“It was hard for me to know at what point I stopped and Bridlington Spa began.”

During his decade at Bridlington Spa, the venue has hosted big-name bands, comedy acts and touring musicals as well as the Tour de Yorkshire.

He was instrumental in the success of this year’s Humber Business Week Business Day conference, securing Lord Alan Sugar as key note speaker.

He has previously worked in London’s West End, including as deputy manager and acting general manger of The Apollo Victoria Theatre and deputy manager of The Lyceum Theatre.

But he says he was told his role at Bridlington Spa was no different to being the manager of a leisure centre.

After an unsuccessful appeal against his sacking, he now plans to take the matter to a tribunal.

Meanwhile he has already started work in a new post, managing a Paul Holman Associates pantomime in Chesterfield.

Mr Aldis said he worked hard to develop the pantomime at Bridlington Spa and sign up this year’s star - Grease legend Didi Con - and urged people to support the show as his “swan song”.

“I hope people will go and enjoy it as the last contribution that I will make to Bridlington Spa,” he said.

An East Riding of Yorkshire Council spokesperson said: "We can confirm that Mr Aldis is no longer employed by the council, and it would therefore be inappropriate for the council to comment further."