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By RICHARD WOOD
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Rain showers continued on and off on Saturday as a sell-out crowd of 35,000 people attended Latitude Festival, at Henham Park, near Southwold.
Heavy rain fell in the early afternoon with persistent rain later in the afternoon as parts of the site in the woods had to be cordoned off as woodchip was added to try to battle against the mud.
The day visitors car park and entrance was not used, instead they were told to park in a different part of the site and had to walk through the guest area to enter the site.
It is understood that a decision will be made tomorrow morning on whether day guests will return to their intended site, depending on the weather.
Festival-goers were undeterred by the rain as they tried to make the most of the event despite the conditions and by 8pm spirits were lifted as the sun finally shone on the park.
Rebecca Nudd-Valentine, 41, of Gorleston, said: “You have to be prepared for it. Rain doesn’t effect the enjoyment of it, it is part of it.
“This is the first festival where I can wear wellies and feel cool.”
Among the highlights of the day have been Adam Buxton, from Norfolk, who commentated on a range of videos at the Film & Music Arena, where a huge queue formed for him, singer Lianne La Havas who performed at The Word Arena, and two appearances by Professor Brian Cox, who recorded the show The Infinite Monkey Cage in the comedy arena, before discussing the impact of the Higgs Boson discovery at the Literary Arena. Richard Hawley had to sit down as he played on the Obelisk Arena because of a broken leg.
Later this evening Elbow are due to headline the Obelisk Arena.
Further coverage from Latitude Festival will be on the EDP website throughout the weekend.
As the gates to the Royal Hospital Gardens at Chelsea opened to the world’s media yesterday, with a frenzy of activity as photographers and camera crews vied for the best vantage points, there was also a very palpable sense of relief among the hundreds of nurserymen and women who have come to exhibit their prize horticultural specimens that their stands were complete and looking their very best.