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More than 30 acts performed at Ashford's Festival in the Park, held in North Park, in Tannery Lane, over the weekend

By Sam Lennon

Music fans had the Blitz spirit when rainstorms battled this year's Festival in the Park.

Rather than let the rain put them off, visitors simply went under the marquees or put up large umbrellas and carried on enjoying the live bands.

Festival in the Park was struck twice by the weekend's miserable weather - on Saturday night with lightning and violent downpours and again, briefly and less severely, on Sunday afternoon.

The Bottles performing at Ashford's Festival in The Park

Organiser Edward Lockett said: “They were stalwarts with the rain.

"We had 1,200 to 1,500 attending on the first day and estimate the same for the second.”

Chilling in the park

The show, at Ashford’s North Park near the Stour Centre in Tannery Lane, is now in its 10th year.

The damp weather didn't stop these music fans

Mr Lockett, singer for one of the performing bands, Who’s Brian?, started it in 2005 to raise money for victims of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

Now it raises money for the Ashford Youth Theatre.

In total, 33 acts performed including Back 2 Back , Rosie Horne, The Bottles, The Verideals and High Tide.

Full picture story in this week's Kentish Express.

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