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Crowds soak up music

HUNDREDS of festival-goers soaked up the music and the rain at a second community music event in Walberton.


Some 400 people went along to CoreFest to enjoy a wide range of acts among the countryside.


The hours of heavy rain from about 90 minutes after the event began did not stop them enjoying listening to the fantastic acts in the inclusive music festival.


The organisers at hft Sussex – which supports people with learning disabilities – bought gazebos when they heard the weather forecast to provide some shelter among the downpour.


Maggie Lucas, the registered manager for the charity’s day services, said: “The day went really well considering the weather.


“Fortunately, a lot of people who left when it was really wet returned for our headline act when the conditions were better.


“The day was all about showing people what we do and raising our profile and bring people to us rather than us going to them.


“We’re really looking forward to next year’s already. We’ve started planning it.”


Top Michael Jackson tribute star MJ Eternity made the repeat journey worth their while with his rendition of the famous singer’s best known songs.


He also delighted big Michael Jackson fan Adrian Sherwood, one of those in hft Sussex’s residential properties, by letting him sing some of the songs alongside him on stage.


Other acts in last Saturday’s line-up amid the beautiful countryside of the site off Eastergate Lane included Wes Lucas and Delta7, Cosmic & The Keys, Luna Sol, The Speak and The Bamboo Band.


Interactive family events from music and drumming workshops to storytelling were also enjoyed. Food and refreshment stalls included a Wonderland-themed tea tent as well as a licensed bar and hot food outlets.


Hft Sussex supports more than 70 people locally to offer person-centred services which range from residential care to supported living at home – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day.

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