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GUEST,Anne Croucher Sidmouth 2005+ - opinions (166* d) RE: Sidmouth 2005+ - opinions 27 Nov 04

when I posted about spending money I meant more money - to suport the organisation.

I don't find any problems buying food and drink - after going to the festival so long I have everything worked out for buying what I need.

It is simply that the organisers and traders at the festival have not found anything I want to do so they can get some of my money - or when they got my attention they then prevented me from buying the ticket I thought I needed, and not telling me (or anyone else in the same situation) I could go to the door and buy my way in with real money if there was space.

So for 25 or maybe 30 years I have been going to Sidmouth, been on the fringe with increasing amounts of money to spend and nowhere to spend it. The policy of workshops for ticket holders only has just pushed me further from the organised festival.

I never really minded a free festival - but perhaps if I had contributed the festival would not have financial troubles. Perhaps if I had been able to become involved in some way the festival would still be certain of its future.

I did steward one year, but I was just selling bells books and kazoos on a stall by the Arena at the times when I would usually have been singing. I was given a season ticket but hardly used it.

I have never been averse to getting involved - but there has never been a way for me to get in.


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