Sports centre's gift will keep Wickham festival-goers' feet dry

DRY UNDERFOOT: Graeme Descoteaux and Pam Wilkins with some of the artificial turf which will be layed down at the already muddy Wickham Festival site

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THOUSANDS of music-lovers at a Hampshire festival will enjoy James Blunt with dry feet thanks to an unusual underfoot surface.

Downpours at the Wickham Festival ground have made the site soft and muddy – conditions which often spoil the fun for festival-goers.

But novel use of an artificial hockey pitch will keep the 7,000 fans in comfort when headliners including the international superstar, as well as the Lightning Seeds and Steve Earle & the Dukes, take the stage.

Southampton Sports Centre has just replaced its all-weather surfaces, which has enabled festival organisers to put down the pitch.

Organiser Pete Chegwyn said: “They had been looking for a more environmentallyfriendly way of disposing of it other than sending it to landfill so they offered it to us free of charge. It is a wonderful gesture and one which means we can cover a lot of the softer ground with artificial turf.”

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8:04am Fri 15 Aug 14

Ellwood says...

........ Oooh I say! A bit of 'joined up thinking' there..... well done, whoever that was, at the Sports Centre...great idea. Hopefully this might catch on.
........ Oooh I say! A bit of 'joined up thinking' there..... well done, whoever that was, at the Sports Centre...great idea. Hopefully this might catch on. Ellwood
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9:45am Fri 15 Aug 14

Myrrhanda says...

Too bad they didn't make more use of it - went to the festival yesterday evening and it was INCREDIBLY muddy, which with the uneven ground made it downright hazardous. We did see the artificial turf - it was piled up in rolls at the edge of the field!
Too bad they didn't make more use of it - went to the festival yesterday evening and it was INCREDIBLY muddy, which with the uneven ground made it downright hazardous. We did see the artificial turf - it was piled up in rolls at the edge of the field! Myrrhanda
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9:54am Fri 15 Aug 14

Ellwood says...

Myrrhanda wrote:
Too bad they didn't make more use of it - went to the festival yesterday evening and it was INCREDIBLY muddy, which with the uneven ground made it downright hazardous. We did see the artificial turf - it was piled up in rolls at the edge of the field!
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[quote][p][bold]Myrrhanda[/bold] wrote: Too bad they didn't make more use of it - went to the festival yesterday evening and it was INCREDIBLY muddy, which with the uneven ground made it downright hazardous. We did see the artificial turf - it was piled up in rolls at the edge of the field![/p][/quote]............ : 0( Ellwood
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5:42pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Scallysaint says...

I went yesterday as i do most years never in my life have i known such chaos and rudeness as the security of which i could c only a handful . Ice rink i think u could call it not field. Surprised nobody was seriously hurt....
I went yesterday as i do most years never in my life have i known such chaos and rudeness as the security of which i could c only a handful . Ice rink i think u could call it not field. Surprised nobody was seriously hurt.... Scallysaint
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