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Do you have any documentary evidence of her agreeing to pay the money to you for the ticket (either before or after the holiday)?
How much was the ticket?
I take it you no longer have these texts on your phone?
Do you suppose those witnesses would give witness statements on those occasions?
Okay, you've got to get those texts in printed form. If you can forward them as emails to an account then do so and print out.
The key is establishing that you had an agreement to sell her the ticket, rather than give it to her as a mere gift. The texts and witness statements corroborate this and while it's perhaps not as good as a chain of emails in which the exchange is specifically stated it does give you a reasonable starting position.
I would go and ask a local solicitor to write a letter before action to her (if you do not think a further letter from you will work) outlining the background to your claim and her breach of contract and asking for the monies to be repaid or a payment plan suggested within 7 days of the date of the letter failing which you will issue a claim at Court to recover the monies. It should cost around £40.00 for this, sometimes a letter on solicitor's headed paper prompts compliance from some people. It depends on the person and you are best positioned to judge her reaction.
If you do not wish to incur expense or do not think she will engage after then you could just draft a letter yourself in the same format.
If she does not respond then you can issue a claim to recover the monies via www.moneyclaim.gov.uk, it's pretty cheap and very easy to use.
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