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Monday, 30 March 2015

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Fun in the sun at Cumbrian music festival

Warm sunshine and good music proved a successful mix at Maryport's annual Glassonbury charity music festival on Saturday.

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Hitting right note: Local band Collision on stage

Spokesman James Moore said the festival was almost a complete sell-out.

“We were only 20 tickets short of a full house,” he claimed.

Mr Moore said there had been real concern for the event – held at the Glasson Rangers ground – after shocking weather on Friday, but fortunately the weather on Saturday was “perfect” with a number of tickets sold at the gate.

This year the festival was raising money for Maryport Inshore Rescue and the special baby unit at Whitehaven’s West Cumberland Hospital.

Mr Moore said he would not know until later in the week how much had been raised.

The nearly 900-strong audience enjoyed a range of music from the rock choir, Committed to Rock, to performances by popular local bands Collison, Broken English and Irish music from Holborn Hillbillies.

The night ended with Rhythm Dead Lady, making their Glassonbury debut and delighting the crowd.

Collision stepped into the breach and doubled the length of their set, when the band Salvation failed to turn up – thinking the festival was on Sunday.

“That was a minor glitch in a really good day,” Mr Moore insisted.

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