Glasgow Willy Wonka organiser's 'life ruined' after disastrous event

The farcical Willy's Chocolate Experience in Glasgow drew the frustration of parents.

Willy Wonka organiser Billy Coull breaks silence on disastrous Glasgow event in Channel 5 documentary Channel 5

The organiser of the botched Glasgow Willy Wonka experience claims his life has been “ruined” by the event.

Billy Coull, the owner of House of Illuminati which organised the event, drew the anger of frustrated parents after the botched event at Box Hub in Whiteinch last month.

Police officers were called to ‘Willy’s Chocolate Experience’ after it was cancelled within hours of opening, with parents branding the event a “farce” after tickets cost £35 to attend.

Mr Coull told a Channel 5 documentary that he was not a “scam artist” and that he was “devastated” at how the event turned out.

He said: “My life has been turned upside, my life is ruined.”

He added: “It’s not a nice feeling to be under the microscope.

“I was getting hundreds and hundreds calling me the most awful names saying I’m a villain, I’m a horrific dad, I’m better off dead, I should kill myself.

“I was devastated and I was sick to the pit of my tummy, I had a whole host of emotions.”

Mr Coull claimed he wrote the script for the experience but did run it through AI (artificial intelligence) to “check spelling, grammar and continuity” due to suffering from dyslexia.

He added: “Because of everything that had happened it ran into my personal life, I have lost my friends and the love of my life.

“I was made out to be the face of all evil. When genuinely that is really not the case.”

On refunds for the event, which some customers claim they are yet to full receive, he said: “I am not a scam artist, I am not a con man or anything like that.

“I have gone through the transactions individually, they are still ongoing, if people haven’t received a refund, I have gone through many emails and said to people if you’ve not had your refund, contact your bank as they may have processes in place to be able to help it.

“I genuinely done what I can.”

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