Crowds revel in the mud at Oceanfest

Despite the rain and high winds, the welly-wearing crowd still managed to enjoy the surf and music festival.

IT WAS a wet and wild weekend, but despite the mud and unseasonable weather, the crowds were still smiling for Oceanfest.

Disaster struck on Saturday after high winds threatened to cancel the whole event, but after being closed all day and all the games cancelled, the gates were opened at 5.30pm to the relief of many.

Warren Latham, Oceanfest Director, said: “We are delighted to have delivered nearly all of the programme over the Oceanfest weekend.

“The weather did conspire to test us and that is one of the few elements we have little control of.

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“We shall now be working with our colleagues to ensure that the site is cleared and restored to is natural splendour over the forthcoming period”

The weekend event was sold out, and saw people travelling from all over the country to be there.

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But the attention for many was solely on one man.

“We’ve been sat outside here since 10am, we just want to see Ben Howard,” said Holly Loosemore, 14, and her sister Becky on Saturday afternoon.

“We saw him walk past earlier and it was so exciting; we can’t wait to see him on stage.”

With Newton Faulkner headlining on Friday, Ben Howard on Saturday and local bands Pete’s Gone Straight Edge on Sunday, even the mud couldn’t deter revellers.

On Friday, schools from around the area took part in a number of activities on the beach, competing for trophies.

And on Sunday, the sunshine even made a guest appearance as crowds explored the stalls and food stands, watched beach volley ball and football, and the surf living saving clubs competed in several activities.

To see if you got snapped by our reporter at the festival, check out our online gallery.

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