THE final stage of the Wales Rally GB in Llandudno was cancelled due to "rough sea conditions".

Race organisers said that strong tides off the coast of the Great Orme were not suitable for its rescue diving team, putting competitors at risk if they crashed into the water.

Fans were left disappointed after the highly-anticipated World Power Stage was set to offer thrills and spills on the narrow, winding roads of the seaside town.

The international event attracts thousands of spectators in a huge tourism boost for the area.

A Wales Rally GB spokesperson said: "Due to rough sea conditions, we are unable to have our safety diving team positioned off the Orme. Without the team in place, we are not able to run the stage.

"The safety of the crews must come first."

The cancellation followed coastal road closures from Colwyn Bay to Conwy at the end of September, due to forecasted high tides which can cause dangerous driving conditions.

The first two stages of the World Power Stage in Alwen, Conwy and Brenig, Denbighshire continued on the day.

Drivers were given nominal times they achieved when completing the Great Orme route non-competitively.

Fans responded to the cancellation with mixed reaction.

One said: "Where do I get my refund please", while another described the measure as a "farce".

A third said: "Sensible decision considering the prevailing conditions. Safety of the marshals and crews out there in all weathers to look after the drivers must come first.

"It's a shame to see some 'fans' not recognising that."

Another said: "It’s October and yet it wasn’t anticipated the seas would be choppy?"