A gig which had been described as the biggest to hit Whitchurch since The Beatles has been put back two months amid ongoing Covid restrictions over the border in Wales.

South Wales rockers Feeder were originally going to perform at Whitchurch’s Percy Café Bar on January 15, and all tickets were snapped up in just 25 minutes.

However, the Welsh Government’s Covid-19 restrictions have influenced the group to postpone the show until March, with plans for the rest of the tour expected to follow soon.

Since Boxing Day, the Welsh Government has had a two-metre social distancing rule in place for public premises, and indoor events have been limited to a capacity of 30 people.

In addition, high Covid-19 case numbers on both sides of Offa's Dyke have led to the the decision to postpone. A new date in March is expected to be confirmed shortly.

Mark Steptoe of Percy’s Café Bar said: “It is a good call since many bars have staff off with Covid and by next week it will probably be worse.

“We don't want half the ticket owners for this show having to stay away.

“With current restrictions, their shows in Wales are gravely affected which of course has a knock-on effect for other shows, like ours, on the tour.

“So with restrictions in place and the current state of infection it made sense to reschedule the event.”

Feeder's gig is a major music event for Whitchurch, and when it was announced Mr Steptoe said: "We are obviously excited that they are playing here, I don't think there has been a band this big in Whitchurch since the Beatles in the 60s."

The band has accumulated 25 top-75 singles on the UK charts since first coming to prominence in 1994, with hit singles such as Buck Rogers hitting the top 10.

Tickets for the rearranged show will still stand in for the March show, Mr Steptoe said.

Mr Steptoe added: “All tickets for the January show will be valid.

“But note – this is important – of you cannot come please notify the ticket provider. These cannot be re sold.

“Any tickets shown on the night must be accompanied by proof of purchase.

“We will have details of all ticket purchasers and without the original ticket purchaser being present on the night we will refuse entry.”