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THE first arts festival in Rocester got off to a successful start, as the sun shone down on the ‘brilliant’ line-up of talent and hundreds enjoyed themselves at the free event.

The Ryecroft Arts Festival, at Ryecroft Middle School in Denstone Road, was a day out for all the family with a large variety of stalls and acts to entertain visitors throughout the afternoon.

Evie Degg, Tom Spacer and Mister Hope took to the stage for performances and Signal Radio’s George Smith hosted the stage, which was a ‘state-of-the-art’ rock stage supplied by James Pemblington of Northern Lights and Sound and sponsored by JCB.

Liz Ratcliffe, co-organiser of the festival, said: “It was an amazing day.

“The weather helped, but we are all really pleased it went really well.

“We had about 500 visitors through the gates, we didn’t charge for entry but at an estimate it was 500.

“The performances were wonderful, we had Evie Degg on her acoustic guitar.

“I want to give a really big thank you to our crew of volunteers, with the full rock stage we needed that help from the production team.”

Heartened by the success of this year’s fest, the organisers are keen to run the event as planned again next year.

Mrs Ratcliffe said: “We really hope we will put the same event on next year.

“We really want to do it all over again, keep it free of charge and have it running over two days eventually.

“For a first event it went very well and people have been very generous, helping us out with tents and toilets.

“We’d hope to either keep it free entry or charge a small entrance fee.”

More information and updates on the festival is available to view online on Facebook on the Ryecroft Arts Festival page.

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