• Short Summary

    This years's Isle of Wight pop festival got off to a noisy but peaceful start today
    (Wednesday) with only a small proportion of the expected 250,000 crowd in attendance.

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    This years's Isle of Wight pop festival got off to a noisy but peaceful start today
    (Wednesday) with only a small proportion of the expected 250,000 crowd in attendance.

    Meanwhile, thousands of young people are converging on the tiny Island by all
    means of transport available-mainly hitch-hiking--to get to the festival in time
    for the main star attractions over the coming Bank Holiday weekend.

    In a brief outburst of violence yesterday (Tuesday), a crowd of fans led by a
    group of American hippies called "The White Panthers" broke down part of a fence
    in protest to entrance charges at the festival. The organisers, Fiery Creations,
    responded by making attendance at the first two days of the festival free at an
    estimated loss in revenue of GBP20,000 sterling.

    But the organisers are making double sure there are no gate-crashers this year.

    Strong detachments of security guards with dogs are on constant watch for
    troublemakers or fans trying to slip into the concert area without paying.

    As the first groups started to play today, police officers disguised as hippies
    in wigs and colourful kaftans infiltrated the crowds and arrested ten youngsters
    for drug offences. They will appear in court tomorrow at Newport, the Island's
    main town.

    Fans from all five continents are heading to the Isle of Wight for what promises
    to be Britain's biggest-ever pop music festival. The sudden influx of visitors
    to such a small community has had unexpected effects; many of the grocery shops
    have run out of supplies as thousands of youngsters stock up for the long
    weekend of music. Then police were called to investigate a rumour that L.S.D.

    had been injected into the festival water supply.

    However, as the first blasts of amplified music were heard over the festival
    area this afternoon, police said they were very pleased with the situation so
    far. The youngsters appeared to be just sitting back and enjoying themselves.



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    Film ID:
    VLVAEROYVOUL85MXYYNIBSKLK7ZV5
    Media URN:
    VLVAEROYVOUL85MXYYNIBSKLK7ZV5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/08/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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