Fight mars fun at steam rally

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

PO­LICE and an am­bu­lance were called to the Sellindge Steam Spe­cial event af­ter a fight be­tween two men re­sulted in the main mu­sic stage be­ing closed down on Satur­day night.

Or­gan­is­ers of the an­nual event at Hope Farm, at­tended by some 2,000 peo­ple, said the fra­cas ap­peared to be al­co­hol-fu­elled and was over by the time po­lice ar­rived.

Stew­ard Cathy Dou­ble said: “We erred on the side of cau­tion in de­cid­ing to close some of the ac­tiv­i­ties on the pro­gramme a lit­tle ear­lier than planned.

“The trou­ble started when a fight broke out be­tween two men out­side the main mu­si­cal stage. One of the men fell un­con­scious as mem­bers of the au­di­ence near the stage gath­ered around.

“It was all over very quickly, but the fes­ti­val went on un­til sched­uled clos­ing time on Mon­day evening. We did was en­sure the beer tent was shut down in the evening and also the fair rides by 6pm.”

Or­gan­iser Les­lie Birch, 88, said: “It’s very rare in­deed for us to have trou­ble at the fes­ti­val. Per­haps drink got the bet­ter of some. There was also some in­fil­tra­tion by un­de­sir­able peo­ple.”

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