Ray Woolford from Lewisham political party People Before Profit organised the pre-election Deptford Heritage Festival, charging £25 for a four-day ticket and promising seven stages plus mystery celebrity performers who never materialised.
It is claimed that many of the events failed to take place at all, venues changed at the last minute and there were hardly any punters.
Despite attempts by Mr Woolford to drum up support online, many photos he posted on Twitter over the weekend showed the same faces at different venues – mostly people from his party, some holding political banners.
*chuckles* Really, any half-sensible person could have seen this coming, couldn’t they?
… food stall holders are asking for refunds and shops along the high street – which was closed off for the weekend – say they lost valuable bank holiday trade because hardly anyone turned up.
I think their chances of getting refunds are ‘slim’ and ‘none’. My sympathy for the people who lost money is tempered by the knowledge that they should really have been a bit more savvy when they saw who they were dealing with…
Kay Fox-Joyce, who runs food stall Kay’s Kitchen, said the business had been left with lots of unsold stock after expecting to cater for 200 people a day.
She said when they turned up on the Sunday morning, no one was there to let them in or show them where to set up, there were no programmes and nobody manning the festival kiosk.
Ms Fox-Joyce said: “The organiser come round at 3pm and said it’s all going to be happening tomorrow instead. Nothing materialised on the Sunday so we went back home.”
She added: “He said the following day there would be a parade. We weren’t happy about it but we’d spent a lot of money on a lot of stock.
“But the next day there was no evidence of a parade. We were there all day. There was no parade.”
She said: “All round it pretty poor and massively oversold. People were coming down to see what was going on and there was nothing. It was embarrassing really.”
I don’t know, Kay, if you can’t trust some barmpot socialist protestor to organise a profitable enterprise for local businesses , who can you trust, eh?
Mr Woolford has defended the festival, saying claims it flopped were a “smear” and a “bad day for local democracy”.
The organiser claimed that 5,000 people took part in the event, including performers and organisers, while venues had more people than they expected.
Funny how you’ve got no evidence to back up your claims, eh?
Asked about profits, Mr Woolford said they had spent “hundreds” on closing the road, insurance, stewards and other fees and that the event had “probably made a large loss” because most of it was free.
TANSTAAFL, chum, TANSTAAFL…
Mr Woolford claimed Lewisham Council was in charge of stalls and products that were on sale like venison burgers did not go down well in places like Deptford because of the number of vegetarians.
Ahahahahahaha! Stop, I’m dying here!