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a quiet , trouble free night at the Patching Pop Festival
, near Worthing , hundreds of pop fans rolled up their sleeping bags
and went home today - reported to be fed up with the lack of arrangements.
This morning, crowds were down
to between 1,000 and 2,000 after last night's estimated 3,000. But by midday
other youngsters were arriving ready for the evening sessions . The
festival was two hours late in starting, the delay mainly caused by heavy
rain during the morning . There was no toilet accommodation and youngsters
were told to go in the woods.
There were also complaints from
many of the youngsters about the lack of sleeping accommodation. Many
had brought their own tents, but several hundred expected tents to be
provided. They spent a cold night in the open. Many young people arrived
at the festival without money . Some were seen shaking with cold and hunger.
A St John's spokesman said
Local clergymen helped out by opening up their ' Jesus Tent' to the hippies, but there was room for only relatively few. Today all the toilets still had to be provided. Organiser Mick Farren blamed Worthing Rural and West Sussex County Council for most of their organisational problems . The council considered bringing an injunction to stop the festival and as a result traders and undertakings refused to accept cheques and demanded cash for services . Because of this there was a delay in the erection of toilets.
estimated that the organisers , Phun City
Ltd , would only break even on the festival unless many thousands
arrived later today and tomorrow. Originally 20,000 fans were expected.
There is no admission charge and more are now likely to come now it has
been announced that Ronan O'Reilly
the young Irish millionaire and former Radio Caroline
boss , has stepped in with financial support.
Sussex police drug force swooped on the ground and arrested youngsters. They broadcast a warning over the public address system . There was also trouble from traders trying to to get into the ground to make a quick profit. They clashed with others who had paid for concessions to sell food and drink.
A doctor was constantly in attendance to deal with the more serious cases . One girl smoked three reefers at one time , she then began stripping off all her clothes , throwing them on the ground before going all the way. The festival continues until the early hours of the morning. Thousands more fans are expected to arrive today and tomorrow.
Turned on ; While the others kept warm in their
blankets , or sleeping bags,
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