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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Packed-out Glassonbury music festival sizzles with success

Soaring temperatures, glorious sunshine and great music made Glassonbury music festival in Maryport one of the best yet.

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From left, Adam Ogney, Anna Ivison, Kieran Mcarthey, Dean Logan, Hannah Bethwaite, Shannon Morrison and Kerry Jackson

The festival was sold out with around 800 people packed into Glasson Rangers Rugby Club to enjoy music from local bands and artists.

But the main purpose was to raise money for charities Help for Heroes, Pride of Cumbria Air Ambulance and Megan’s Dream.

West Cumbrian rockers Missarioty headlined Saturday’s event and other acts included The Pulse, The Verdict, Luke Matear, Collision and No Idea.

James Moore, one of the organisers, said: “We have had a good day, the weather has helped and it’s been a great atmosphere.”

He added that he hoped the festival would raise between £3,000 and £4,000, which would be split between the three charities.

Susan Harris, 52, of Bounty Avenue, Maryport, was enjoying the sunshine and music with her husband Dougie, 55.

She said: “It’s been absolutely brilliant. I come every year and I think this has been one of the best because of the sun.”

Emily Ford, 17, from Grasslot, Maryport, is the lead singer for The Pulse who were performing for the first time at Glassonbury.

She said: “It’s a great atmosphere. Most of the people are from Maryport and all my schoolmates are here as well.”

The festival, held on the club’s training field, was started in 2009 to raise money for Help for Heroes and has now raised more than £20,000 for causes including the Lillie-Mai Jackson Trust.

Gary Mounsey, 50, of The Beeches, Maryport, said: “It’s bringing the community together and that is one of the big things.”

Jane Askew, of Devonshire Street, Workington, said: “It’s a great day – very chilled.”

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