It’s the big clean-up at Earlham Park following Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Norwich
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The Big Weekend was a real success – and now it's time for the big clean-up.
Some 50,000 festival-goers descended on Earlham Park for one of the most spectacular events Norwich has ever seen.
Superstars of the music world left fans with croaky voices as they sang their hearts out to their favourite tunes. But now the likes of Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters and Muse are long gone, the clean-up of the park is fully under way.
Litter pickers had been clearing rubbish from the site long before the 25,000 a day crowds arrived.
And by the time the clean-up is complete, around 40 to 60 tonnes of litter is expected to be have been removed from the site
The park, popular with dog walkers, is expected to reopen on Sunday after work to dismantle the stages, fence and production area is completed.
Norwich City Council, which worked with the BBC to organise the event, had first written to suggest the city as a venue 10 years ago – and it was finally picked for 2015.
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Helen Selleck, culture and events manager at the city council, said the event had been a huge success for the city.
She would not confirm that the venue could be used to host other large events in the future, but said it would be discussed at a debriefing about the Big Weekend.
'We want to give a great big thank you to Radio 1 for bringing such an amazing event to our city; I can't quite believe it happened,' she said.
'But it really did do Norwich proud.'
Eleven people were thrown out of the event over the weekend, three people were arrested for assault, one person was suspected of drink-driving and four others were drunk and disorderly.
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