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Last Updated: Monday, 25 August, 2003, 11:40 GMT 12:40 UK
Fringe passes million tickets mark
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The Fringe has been a huge success
The Edinburgh Fringe has passed the million ticket sales milestone for the first time, organisers have revealed.

Fringe director, Paul Gudgin, attributed the success to the good weather, an increase in UK tourists to Edinburgh, and above all, the "spectacular" array of acts.

On the final day of the three-week arts festival, organisers said 1,184,738 tickets had been sold, which represented a 21% increase on 2002 when 975,110 were sold.

Income rose to 9,386,003, compared to 7,688,113 last year.

Smashing the million ticket mark heralds the start of a new era in the Fringe's history
Paul Gudgin
Fringe director
This year, the festival-goers were treated to 21,000 performances of 1,541 shows in 207 venues.

Mr Gudgin said the ticket record was a landmark in the festival's 57-year history.

He said: "This is an incredible milestone for us, but the real credit must go to the spectacular group of artists who have put on one of our strongest programmes ever.

"Smashing the million ticket mark heralds the start of a new era in the Fringe's history.

"It is time to realise the Fringe's future potential to attract and accommodate ever greater audiences, accelerate more performers' careers and continue to cement Edinburgh's reputation as the world's greatest festival city."

The fastest selling act was comedian Johnny Vegas, with all the tickets for his show selling in just 18 minutes.

Comedian Ross Noble's Unrealtime show was the biggest seller, closely followed by Guy Masterson's production of 12 Angry Men and Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure.

Fringe debutant Demetri Martin picked up the Perrier comedy award at the weekend.

The end of the International Festival will be marked with the annual fireworks concert in Princes Street Garden on Saturday evening.

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