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Ash­ford Rocks or­gan­iser Steve Monk said: “I feel this is a small vic­tory for com­mon sense. “Whilst ev­ery­one must have the safety of those who at­tend firmly in fo­cus and at the fore­front of their minds, in par­tic­u­lar the is­sue of un­der­age drink­ing, I felt that to have to refuse en­try to so many of the younger gen­er­a­tion would be a trav­esty, es­pe­cially in the light of the so of­ten heard phrase ‘there’s noth­ing to do’, and not wish­ing to stop those who are over 18 at­tend­ing and can quite legally have a drink. “I am happy that we could all get round a ta­ble and ad­dress the is­sues and come up with a con­clu­sion that works for all con­cerned.” He added: “We are on trial to see how this all works, so I would ask for the co-op­er­a­tion of those who at­tend. En­hanced se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions will be in place to make sure no al­co­hol is brought in from out­side or that it is bought by proxy within the venue and I ask that peo­ple co-op­er­ate with the se­cu­rity team.”

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