The fairest of them all

VOLUNTEERS were busy clearing up yesterday following Sunday’s sell-out Vale Earth Fair.

The one-day event saw about 3,000 people pack into Vale Castle for an eclectic mix of music.

VEF collective member Yannic Bearder said the afternoon had gone smoothly, but they saw big queues at the entrance gate from about 7.30pm.

This year was the first time that all the tickets have sold out in advance of the event.

In previous years tickets have been available on the gate during the day.

‘We did feel a bit bad for regulars, who were not able to get in on the gate,’ Mr Bearder said.

‘There is no way for us to expand and we make good use of the grounds.’

The packed castle had a great atmosphere, he said, and the bands had gone down well.

Now the long clean-up process has started.

‘Everything that can be recycled is being recycled,’ Mr Bearder said.

‘We are going through all the bins.’

There are separate recycling and non-recyclable waste bins, which works well during the day.

But as the evening wore on and the light faded the waste got more mixed, leading to the volunteers having to sort through them.

Mr Bearder said they would take the recycling to Mayside.

It is expected to take several days to completely tidy the site and Mr Bearder said it would be really helpful if more people came down to help volunteer.

The tidy-up will be finished by the end of the week.

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