X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke sensationally pulled out of Brighton Pride at the last minute yesterday leaving thousands of fans angry and upset.

In a statement on her twitter account, she said: “Brighton Pride, I am so sorry to disappoint. I'm really disappointed too. I wasn't taking a fee for the gig.

"I really wanted to perform for you all, however the promoter did not meet the production or technical requirements needed to make the show work.

“It was sadly out of my hands.”

Pride bosses said that full details of Burke’s performance had been agreed in advance and that her management decided to remove her from the line-up at the last minute.

A spokeswoman added: “Pride Brighton & Hove would like to thank Fatboy Slim, the Freemasons and all of the performers who waived their fees to perform at Preston Park for their support of Pride Brighton & Hove 2012 and the LGBT community at large.”

For the full story see tomorrow’s Argus.