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Bosses hopeful of saving Glastutbury from axe

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 06, 2014

Glastutbury at Richard Wakefield Primary School

Glastutbury at Richard Wakefield Primary School

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ORGANISERS behind a live music extravaganza held near Burton say they are determined to work with police to find a resolution that will save it from the axe.

The Mail reported yesterday how Staffordshire Police has attempted to block Glastutbury from going ahead this summer following reports of drink-fuelled disorder last time it was held at the Richard Wakefield Primary School.

Claims of boozy teenagers bringing their own alcohol and people urinating ‘wherever they chose’ due to a lack of toilet facilities shocked councillors in Tutbury.

But Richard Woodberry, treasurer of the school’s PTA, which organises the event to raise funds for the site, accepted there were lessons to be learned and hopes he would be given the opportunity to stage the show for a sixth year.

Glastutbury was attended by more than 1,000 people last year, featuring live music as well as a family fair, and Mr Woodberry admitted the event did not have adequate resources to cope with such a large number of people.

He said: “Last year we were so fortunate. It was an absolutely glorious day and a brilliant number of people came to the event.

“We recognise it should have been handled better, there were people bringing alcohol in, which is not permitted, and we didn’t have the resources that were needed.”

But rather than pulling the plug on the event, Mr Woodberry is hopeful he will be able to work with the police to improve the way it is managed.

He said: “The police have raised concerns about some things that happened last year and they are issues that we had concerns with ourselves. We have already started addressing many of these concerns.

“We have been working with the police licensing team, sharing thoughts and ideas on the event. We are very encouraged with the feedback we have had and are hopeful it will go ahead.

“The police have been really helpful. We have got another meeting this week and we are confident that with a little but of support and advice we can put in some measures to help us put on a safe event.”

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