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Festival fans enjoy Q in the Park in Stafford

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

  • Ruby Andrews, eight, and Thelma Andrews, 10, are first in for Q in the Park

  • Oxjam volunteers and musicians prepare the bandstand

  • Emily Howarth and Lisa Sykes were outside the station bright and early preparing for festival transport.

  • Ellie Clarke, 18, from Birmingham, (bottom left) prepares for V Festival with her friends

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SEASONED festival fans and first-time campers are already making their way to V Festival, stopping off at the popular Q in the Park in Stafford.

The UK's first pre-festival entertainment queue returns to Stafford and Wolverhampton over V Festival weekend.

Q in the Park offers music fans on their way to Weston Park a mixture of live music as well as trade stalls to keep them entertained.

Emily Howarth and Lisa Sykes were outside the station bright and early preparing for festival transport.

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Lisa said: “This will be my first festival. I’m going to be looking to Emily for advice. We’re really excited about seeing Rudimental, The Killers and Justin Timberlake.”

Ellie Clarke, 18, from Birmingham, who is also about to experience her first festival, said: “I’m really excited. I’m most looking forward to seeing Ed Sheeran and Justin Timberlake.

This year Q in the Park has teamed up with organisers of Oxjam Stafford to help raise money for charity.

Festival organiser and Oxjam Stafford takeover manager Peter Roch said: "We aim to make it more successful than ever and involve local people as well as festival goers.

“We have some of the best local talent on display as well as some great stalls for all the family."

Maureen Nicklin had brought her grandchildren from Southampton, Ruby Andrews, eight, and Thelma Andrews, 10, to Victoria Park to enjoy the pre-festival fun.

She said: “They’re over for the holidays and I wanted to take them to see Q in the Park. The first time I saw it I wondered what was happening, but I think it’s a lovely idea.”

The event, in Victoria Park in Stafford from 10am both days, boasts a line-up including local artists Helena Raby, Alex Voss, Breaking Glass, Ben Owen, McRooney and Nuclear Safari.

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