Motorists stuck in mud at Latitude Festival

The rain did not dampen spirits at this year's Latitude festival - but mud made life difficult for the thousands of people leaving the site today.

More than 35,000 people attended the annual music and arts festival held at Henham Park, between Beccles and Southwold, over the weekend.

Throughout this morning many of them faced an arduous journey home. Hundreds of vehicles struggled to get through the mud and cars had to be towed onto the main roads around Henham.

Pete Hart, owner of Chapmans newsagent in Southwold, went to the festival with his daughter Megan, 14, and son Josh, 12.

After watching other vehicles struggling to get out the car park, they decided to walk home instead.

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'We only live about a mile and half from the site so it wasn't too bad,' said Mr Hart, who has attended the annual event for four years running.

'There were a lot of people getting stuck and cars being pushed. There was a 4x4 AA van towing people out of the mud and the queues were pretty abysmal.

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'We saw one yellow campervan move 20 feet in about two hours.

'The mud was a bit disappointing, but it is what you expect when it rains at a festival. There's not a lot you can do.'

Stewards and staff from Festival Repulblic, the group behind Latitude, battled through the mud to help people heading home.

Wood chippings were put down across the campsites and stewards assisted those who found themselves struck in muddy fields.

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