‘Greedy’ Christmas Market slammed for charging £7 ‘to walk around a tent’

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    A Christmas Market that decided to charge an entry fee of £7 was met with a tirade of abuse from fuming customers who called organisers “greedy” and said the charge was “utterly ridiculous”.

    The Padstow Festival, one of the biggest festive events in Cornwall, is normally free to attend and the unexpected cost has left locals raging.

    One pointed out they shouldn't "have to pay for the privilege to enter a tent" with another saying that “charging people to walk around a marquee is ridiculous”.

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    Another seethed: "Shame on whoever thought up this madness. Hopefully people vote with their feet and their common sense and the tent is a no-go this year."

    While someone else added: "So sad that it has come to this… I’m probably not going to go because of this reason. Paying to go and spend money is ridiculous."

    The volunteer-run Christmas Festival takes place every year and is set to run from December 1 to December 4.

    Enthusiastic punters who plan on going to the event every day can take advantage of an offer by paying a one time fee of £20, instead of paying £7 for each entry.

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    Despite angry locals slamming the expensive occasion, the organisers have hit back at criticism and said charging an entry fee is the only way they can afford to keep the event running.

    Tina Evans, the event organiser, toldCornwallLive: "The last thing we wanted to do in the world is charge for the festival. But our costs have gone up by over 30% this year…

    “There is absolutely no way we could run the festival without making a charge.

    "This may well be the last festival because if the prices keep going up like that there is absolutely no way we can sustain it all.”

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