Guernsey Press

Fair amount of rubbish to clear

After the show, comes the clean up.

Vale Earth Collective member Rob Roussel at Vale Castle yesterday which was being cleaned up after Sunday’s Earth Fair. (Picture by Luke Le Prevost, 32467250)

A small army of volunteers descended on Vale Castle yesterday morning to begin packing away after another busy festival.

About 3,000 people attended the Channel Islands’ longest-running music festival on Sunday.

Despite the late afternoon and evening rain, which mixed downpours with light drizzle, and gusting wind, Earth Fair Collective member, and one of the event’s organisers, Rob Roussel, said the day had been a huge success.

‘It did rain a bit, but we were prepared for it,’ he said. ‘It didn’t put people off having a really good time. It was a wonderful hassle-free evening of good music.’

Headlining over 50 musical acts was London punk/grime duo Bob Vylan.

‘They went down really well, and had the crowd jumping,’ he said.

‘But my own favourite was Kinko Bun, a London reggae act. He was just fantastic.’

Between 50 to 100 volunteers will now be on site until tomorrow, clearing up and taking down the three stages and many stalls.

Among the jobs will be sorting through the many bags of rubbish so that as much as possible can be recycled.

Among the volunteers was local charity Health Connections which was taking down its pop-up shop.

Chief executive Bella Farrell said it had raised over £500 selling clothes to the festival goers.

‘It’s great to be part of the event, we sold some great, fun outfits,’ she said.

‘It would be great to see some more local charities here.’

Mr Roussel, who has been involved with the festival since 1992, said the event took a lot of organising but was well worth it.

The festival raises money for a number of charities including the Burma Campaign, Linda Norgrove Foundation – which gives grants to women and children affected by the war in Afghanistan – and local charity Safer.

‘It’s a non-profit event. Last year we raised £27,000, and as we nearly ran out of beer, we should be looking at a similar amount.

'We will take a week or so off before we started thinking about next year,' Mr Roussel said.