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Failed Beachdown festival boss puts Brighton home up for sale
One of the directors of the failed Beachdown festival says he is being forced to sell his home to cover his debts.
Joe Pidgeon was one of three directors of the Bank Holiday event that was cancelled one day before it was due to start.
Now a For Sale sign sits outside Mr Pidgeon's £335,000 home in Ditchling Rise, which he shares with his wife and daughter, but he says he won't be “hounded out” of Brighton.
He said that although plans were falling into place to repay all ticket holders, some of whom paid hundreds of pounds for luxury tents, he was still “working tirelessly” to rectify the situation.
After almost a month the Beachdown directors say they are making progress on repaying those people who bought tickets from local vendors after admitting it was up to the festival to reimburse the customers.
Consumer Direct, the advice line which deals with calls from the public on behalf of Trading Standards, said in normal circumstances it would be the vendors who people should pursue for a refund but that in this case it was clear the local outlets have been acting purely as agents for Beachdown.