Music fans leave festival island

Campers are leaving the Isle of Wight Festival after a weekend of music and mud. Extra police and 4 by 4s have been drafted in to help people leave the site. But the row continues after festival-goers faced traffic chaos when they arrived last week.

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Statement from Isle of Wight Council

The Isle of Wight Council has released a statement as they assist some festival goers from leaving the Island safely.

Detailed plans are in place to keep transport and people moving as the Isle of Wight Festival comes to a close today (Sunday).

A key feature of the plan involves controlling egress from the campsite, particularly during the main commuter time of 7.30am-9am on Monday morning, to help residents travel as freely as possible. The festival camp sites will be monitored between these times so traffic does not overwhelm the road network.

Other steps include arranging a fleet of more than 100 4X4 vehicles to help festival traffic leave the camping site.

– Isle of Wight Council Statement

Promoters thank fans

Picture of tractors released by organisers Credit: Isle of Wight Festival Organisers

The Isle of Wight Festival Organisers have thanked fans for their support during this years festival.

In a statement the organisers said;

"Thank you for coming! We know it has been hard for you with the weather.... Thursday was difficult for us with the car parks turning into mud very quickly even with our preparations in the run up to the Festival. "

"There is a plan of action in place today and tomorrow for you to get your car out and on your way. We have a fleet of 4x4's and tractors to make it easier for you and stewards will give you directions as you leave the campsite."

"It has been an incredible weekend of music and I hope you have enjoyed it."


Extra officers for Isle of Wight

Hampshire Police has confirmed that they are sending extra police officers to the Isle of Wight to assist some 55,000 fans from leaving the waterlogged site later. Some fans are expected to leave this evening to try and beat the rush to the ferries.

“I’d ask that those heading home by car drive sensibly and carefully. Due to the volume of traffic on the site drivers should expect some delays and we would ask you to be patient and remain with your vehicles, as the organisers work to get you home.?

“The unprecedented impact the rain had on the site brought with it a unique challenge in the festival’s 11-year history and our officers, PCSOs and staff worked hard alongside Solo and our partner agencies to tackle the situation as quickly as possible."

– Chief Constable Alex Marshall, Hampshire Police

Isle of Wight Day 2

The organisers of the Isle of Wight Festival say they will not be offering refunds after hundreds of people were forced to camp in muddy fields.

Revellers say they are making the best of bad situation, with some being forced to sleep in the open after their tents blew away.

Meridian's Sarah Cooper is at the festival all weekend and sends this report.

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