Forget Glastonbury! Norfolk’s got the Trunchonbury Festival - and it’s getting bigger and better than ever
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It started as a modest garden party for around 30 people.
Twelve years on, it is now one of the biggest music festivals in north Norfolk.
Thousands of music fans and families have headed to the Trunchonbury Festival, near North Walsham, this weekend.
Festival director Steve Randell, who hosted that first festival at his home, said: 'It's been amazing really.
'We had about 30 people at the first one, then before long we had 800 people, then there were 3,000 and it became a proper music festival.
'This year, it's the biggest one we've ever had.'
The three-day Trunchonbury Festival has outgrown its home in picturesque Trunch and has moved to Knapton.
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It started on Friday and is continuing on Saturday and Sunday, catering for up to 5,000 people per day.
There are 50 bands on the line-up, including '90s Britpop trio Dodgy.
Mr Randell said: 'It's been fantastic. The music has been really good and there has been lots of other stuff going on as well.
'Performing arts is a big part of the festival and there has been the medieval village and stilt walkers and the children's field has been packed with kids enjoying themselves.'
Laser lights illuminated Knapton's landmark water tower with the words Trunchonbury Festival.
Profits from the festival will benefit Mundesley independent lifeboat, Knapton Village Hall and the MADRA (Mundesley and District Recreational Association) charity.
Mr Randell, a podiatrist who owns the Randell's Footcare chain in Norwich and north Norfolk, said: 'There is a real buzz about the place and a real community feel about this festival, with so many local people giving up their time to volunteer and help to make it what it is.
'It's taken 18 months of planning, we've had 48 volunteer stewards who have all done a great job, and we've had to beg and borrow to make it happen but it's been a great success.
'We are really excited about what's happening with this festival - there is nothing else quite like this in Norfolk.
'We want to keep coming back and getting bigger and better with local people's support.'
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