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Beyonce: Maldon Carnival's dreams dashed

28 February 2013 Last updated at 20:46 GMT

Carnival organisers in Essex thought they might secure pop superstar Beyonce to appear at this year's annual event - until they learned even negotiating an appearance would cost £50,000.

After the Maldon Carnival team met with a representative for the singer to arrange the once in a lifetime event, it emerged there had been "a misunderstanding".

Organisers continue to look for a guest of honour.