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Last Updated: Friday, 13 July 2007, 13:52 GMT 14:52 UK
Leader calls for ticket tout ban
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo
More than 1,000 performers are expected at this summer's event
Edinburgh's festival and events leader has called for legislation to ban the re-sale of tickets in a bid to stamp out touts pushing up prices.

Councillor Steve Cardownie believes touts are exploiting public loyalty to see a certain group or performance.

The call comes as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo announces half price tickets for this year's sold out event.

At 1000 BST on 23 July a limited number of half-price Tattoo preview tickets for Thursday, 2 August go on sale.

Cllr Cardownie said: "These tout's are exploiting people's loyalty and desire to see a certain group and it is a shame because these are often young people who can't afford inflated prices, but they are so keen to go they will pay."

Alan Smith , marketing manager for the Tattoo, said: "We would support any move to outlaw ticket touting.

"Under our own terms and conditions, individuals are not permitted to re-sell their Tattoo tickets and we have been pursuing those we see offering tickets for sale on eBay when we can.

"It seems likely to continue until there is some decision at government level about outlawing touting."


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