ANKER BOYE, the Mayor of Odense and the man in charge of Denmark's HANS
CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN bicentenary celebrations, has quit his post after rock queen
TINA TURNER's staggeringly expensive appearance proved a flop.
Turner, 65, demanded $1 million (GBP540,000) to perform two of her hits -
WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? and SIMPLY THE BEST - at the Copenhagen concert
last month (APR05).
But the singer's fee has added to a catalogue of financial blows to the
budget of the extravaganza - particularly as the public were seemingly
disinterested in Turner, resulting in disastrous ticket sales.
Danish Culture Minister BRIAN MIKKELSEN has attacked Boye for making the
wrong decisions regarding the event.
He fumes, "Plainly the wrong arrangement has been made if too much money
has been spent and the state-sponsored project yields a deficit."
Boyes, whose Mayoral duties cover the area of Andersen's birth, says, "I
am leaving my post following the harsh criticisms against my person, which has
detracted from what is really important: the Anderson festivities."