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Festival plans to double numbers
Beach Break Live
The festival rejected a 50,000 offer from Peter Jones
A north Cornwall music festival has promised to consult local people in its bid to more than double the number of those able to attend.

About 2,000 people went to the first Beach Break Live student festival at Polzeath this year.

Festival organisers have permission for 3,000 next year, and want 5,000 in five years' time as part of an expansion plan around the UK.

But they say they will only raise numbers further if local people agree.

Organiser Celia Norowzian, 24, said: "We would never grow the festival in Polzeath unless it was something local people were happy with.

"Our students have quite a good reputation in Polzeath."

'Pints and pasties'

But she said that 5,000 people in Polzeath would not overwhelm the resort.

"It's a very large stretch of beach," she said.

"Polzeath gets 11,000 people in peak season on the beach."

Ms Norowzian and partner Ian Forshew, 25, appeared on TV's Dragons' Den programme on Monday night when they admitted they lost 30,000 on this year's festival.

But they said they "conservatively" expected to grow from 2,000 at Polzeath to 15,000 people at more beach festivals around the UK and increase their financial turnover.

They accepted 50,000 for 25% of the business from Peter Jones in the Dragons' Den but after reflection over "many pints and pasties" they decided to go into partnership with student travel firm Outgoing.



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