Festival boss hits back after claims of damage to land

Viking re-enactors give children a battle at the Mighty Dub Fest in Druridge Bay Country Park.
Viking re-enactors give children a battle at the Mighty Dub Fest in Druridge Bay Country Park.

THE organiser of a major festival in Druridge Bay has hit back after criticism over the state of the grounds.

Hundreds of campers, caravaners and camper vans braved the weather between June 15 and 17 to enjoy the Mighty Dub Fest show.

A North Broomhill resident was unhappy afterwards, saying that the area in which it was held was left in a bad state, but event organiser Bruce Emmett says contingency plans were made for the rain and the site was able to recover quickly.

He also stressed the importance of the festival for the area’s economy.

“Plans were put in to place on the Wednesday to overcome the wet conditions by using the existing hard standing car parks for caravans and motor homes and only allowing tents and camper vans on the parkland,” he said.

“By the Sunday the event field had become very wet, but Monday was nice and sunny which helped dry things out quickly. This land is well drained and is recovering well.

“Mighty Dub Fest has a big following from all over the country and those who attend all tell us what a beautiful venue it is with so much for the whole family to explore.

“Druridge Bay is a perfect setting for families to come and camp and enjoy the park at a family event. Through our festival, many more people have now discovered the park and will continue to visit throughout the year – which in turn generates the only income that the park gets through car parking and events such as ours.

“We shall continue to support Druridge Bay in keeping the venue viable.”

The very proud owners of some excellent examples of ‘splitty’s’, Beetles and varying other VW models entered the ‘Show and Shine’ contest during the weekend. There were also music performances, trade stands, activity sections and re-enactments of Viking life.