Residents concern over three day music festival in Aveley

EX-GRAYS ATHLETIC owner Mick Woodward has emerged from the shadows to reveal himself as the major financial backer to a three day music festival at the Essex Sports Village on Purfleet Road, Aveley.

Mr Woodward and entertainments supremo Dave Clark (no not that one) met with concerned residents at the club last night.

The organisers insisted that this would not be a rave.

Mr Clark said: “We have many names on our wish list. Jools Holland, Westlife, Boyzone and Katherine Jenkins but nothing set in stone.

“I have been in discussions with the community forum. I want the community, local charities and local talent involved.”

Mr Woodward (looking a lot more relaxed than his final days at Grays) said: “The sports village is dying on its feet. It needs investment. We are in discussions with Terry Venables to bring in a whole new dynamic sports complex here but meanwhile we need big ticket events.”

The concerts could attract over 10,000 people. Residents asked a number of questions including whether alcohol would be sold, camping overnight, parking and police and council involvement.

The organisers stressed that there is a 28-day consultation period. They promised that they would keep everyone in the immediate vicinity involved

The concerts are set to take place on the 27th, 28th and 29th August running for twelve hours each day.

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