Gallery: Oakfest, Oakengates

Thousands of revellers poured into Oakengates’s Hartshill Park for the town’s first Oakfest music festival.

Eighties hit band Bad Manners, 60s rockers The Troggs, and Bruce Foxton, the original bass player from The Jam, all featured on the line up – along with a host of local bands and a host of tribute acts, including One Direction soundalikes Only 1D, Lady Gaga tribute Maybe Gaga, the Stereosonics – a take on the Stereophonics, Amie Winehouse and Kirvana.

Organisers said the event was a huge success, bringing in around 1,200 people.

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They started booking bands for the show last year after the first Oakengates Carnival in 28 years attracted 12,000 people.

Organiser Ian Barton said: “Everything went absolutely fantastic. Because it was the first one we didn’t really know how many people to expect but we had well over 1,000 so we’re absolutely chuffed with that and it is something to build on in the future.

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“All the bands were fantastic, most of them have given us feedback to say they loved the venue, they thought it was a great set-up and they’ve all said how much they enjoyed the hospitality and the friendliness of the people of Telford.”

Mr Barton said any profits will go towards replacing the brass plaques on the war memorial on the entrance to the park – which the organisers will present to the Friends of Hartshill Park in a ceremony next week as a thank you for allowing them to use the site for the event.

By Sophie Madden 

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