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Rain and mud doesn't dampen spirit of festival
7:00am Monday 9th July 2012 in Witney
Scarlett Forest, 13, shows off her skills with a diablo at the annual Battstock Music Festival which is held to raise funds for the school
THE fun and games of the playground were replaced with the sound of music as a Witney primary school hosted a live festival on Saturday.
More than 500 parents, pupils and residents came along to the Batt School’s third annual Battstock music festival.
The main stage was sat on the playing field and a second stage was set up in the playground.
The Marlborough Lane school will use ticket sales to raise cash towards a £150,000 facelift for the school’s entrance and reception area.
Organisers were last night still counting the money but they hope to raise more than the £2,000 generated last year.
Organiser Adrian Phillips said: “It was very wet and very muddy but it was fantastic it went really well.
“I would probably say that in spite of the weather it was the best we have done.
“There was this real sense of togetherness that the appalling weather created. The past two years have been fantastic but the atmosphere was even better this year.”
Meanwhile, 300 revellers turned out for Music at the Crossroads at Ferris Hill Farm, near Hook Norton, on Saturday, where members of 1960s band The Kinks topped the bill.