Appeal for sponsors

FESTIVAL fever is preparing to hit Budleigh Salterton, when the town's unique version of seaside rock makes a welcome return on August 1.

FESTIVAL fever is preparing to hit Budleigh Salterton, when the town's unique version of seaside rock makes a welcome return on August 1.Organiser Joe Holroyd, 40, took a break, last year, from co-ordinating the mammoth event, but is now appealing for help from local businesses to sponsor portable toilets to help combat the 10pm public convenience curfew.The nearest public toilets are some 200 yards away from where the event is held, in Lime Kiln car park and because the event is non-profit making, funds are limited and rarely stretch to pay for portable toilets.Joe, who runs the festival in his brother Toby's (Tobs) memory after he was tragically killed in a road accident while in Northern Ireland, said: "There's no money. "We thought it would be nice if local businesses would sponsor a toilet. Otherwise we will have to resort to using the public toilets." A change in licensing laws almost resulted in Joe giving this year's festival a miss.He said it was thanks to Budleigh Salterton town councillor Roger Bowen agreeing to take over the licensing responsibility that Budstock was returning.Joe said: "The licence has never been a more complicated affair with the addition of billions of health and safety requirements, meetings with EDDC, posting of notices and meeting with police. "It's been a bit of a palaver and because of it I very nearly didn't want to bother this year."l To sponsor a toilet at this year's festival contact Joe by phone or text on 07776406433.l To see Budstock's line-up go to www.myspace.com/budstock