Let’s Rock Norwich! 2017: Fans advised not to bring bags to Earlham Park for security reasons

What fans can expect from Let's Rock Norwich! 2017. Picture UK Live.

What fans can expect from Let's Rock Norwich! 2017. Picture UK Live. - Credit: Archant

The organisers of this weekend's Let's Rock Norwich! are advising people not to bring bags to the event 'unless absolutely necessary' due to heightened security measures.

Let's Rock. Picture UK Live

Let's Rock. Picture UK Live - Credit: Archant

Thousands of people are set to attend the retro festival at Earlham Park this Saturday for the inaugural event in city with acts including Tony Hadley, Bananarama and Howard Jones.

In a Facebook post organisers said: 'For your own safety and security, we advise customers not to bring bags in to Let's Rock Norwich unless absolutely necessary, as this will slow down your entry.

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'All bags will be thoroughly searched and customers will be subject to pat down and metal detector searches. Please be patient when entering the site and allow plenty of time to get into the show.'

But Steve Haywood, marketing manager for UK Live, the Berkshire firm behind Let's Rock Norwich!, wanted to reassure fans that bags and picnics are not banned.


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'We just want to advise people that if they want to bring bags the queues may be longer due to security checks,' he said. 'We are not stopping people bringing bags, picnics and chairs but the extra security checks are expected these days.

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'What you can not bring into the event is alcohol, glass bottles and sharp objects such as knifes if you are bringing a picnic.'

Tony Hadley who is appearing at Let's Rock Norwich. Picture Let's Rock Norwich! The Retro Festival.

Tony Hadley who is appearing at Let's Rock Norwich. Picture Let's Rock Norwich! The Retro Festival. - Credit: supplied by Let's Rock Norwich! The Retro Festival

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Mr Haywood added people can bring their own food and soft drinks but the bottles must not be larger than 500ml and must be sealed on entry.

The extra security checks come after the terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester and Norfolk Constabulary have confirmed it will have a heightened presence at Earlham Park on Saturday to offer reassurance to the public and to support security measures.

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It is the ninth year of the Let's Rock retro music tour, which started small in the Berkshire village of Cookham attracting 900 people.

Let's Rock Norwich! The Retro Festival will be held at Earlham Park in Norwich on June 24 2017.
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Let's Rock Norwich! The Retro Festival will be held at Earlham Park in Norwich on June 24 2017. Pictured is Kim Wilde. Photo: Nikolaj Georgiew. - Credit: Nikolaj Georgiew

Since then it has expanded and this year's tour started in Cookham on May 17. Norwich marks the midway point of the tour, which will reach 100,000 music fans.

The festival moves on to Exeter, Southampton and finishes at Clapham Common in London.

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