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Oh bless your heart Foodweb!! And where were you last year! I needed you! For advice on taking my 2 week old with me! And support against the nasty person being horrible to me about it!!!
I'm sure your daughter will be fine . . . she sounds like a proper Womader to me and therefore knows how to keep herself safe . . .
I never went to reading so I don't know for sure, but from what people have said it sounds like Womad was a lot different when it was at Reading n one of the reasons they moved was because of the rising crime. I don't think anything like that has ever gone on at Charlton Park.
Try not to worry.
The Reading site was in the not-very-celubrious end of a big town and WOMAD tents must've seemed to hold bright sparkly accessible things for those hanging around the streets with light fingers and they didn't seem to be able to resist
Charlton Park is quite a bit more out of a small charming town - you can't really compare it.
I'm sure your daughter will be fine Foodweb - try not to worry.
Womad isn't Glastonbury Foodweb - the young 'un will be fine. Back to the question on the future of the festival, it's a real shame the Womad don't realise that they are not Glastonbury though. I think they are getting a bit too big for their boots - larger, more corporate festivals seem to attract attention and people then anticipate trouble, hence the attitude of Wilts police demanding more involvement and more ££££'s. Smaller is much better - and safer in my view
Are Wiltshire police demanding more? I've not read anywhere that they are, just that womad are demanding less.
I said demanding more involvement, and should have said probably more ££££'s, but you can bet that it will cost a lot more if they get it.
On the point of heavy handed security firms.... Before every event the security have a briefing. At the beginning of every day the security have a briefing. They are told by the head of security on how to police the event. Heavy handedness should only happen if instructed to do so.
WOMAD have some say in these issues. Any problems in the past should be put down to bad briefing. This could however have been prompted by the police.... and we have previously mentioned heavy handedness in the past by Wiltshire police.
I agree again with Desert Travellers last post. However if the police are looking to generate more money then easy targets may be the targeted.
@yummymummy - the Reading site was good, not as picturesque but it had a bit of hustle and bustle and a lot of character. Being nearer to London it also seemed to attract a more multiculteral crowd. On the downside, yes it was easy for thieves to target the site however I've never had any problems. The site was also too small, they kept extending the camping areas but with a road to one side and the Thames to the other, there was only one way to go. The last year at Reading I couldn't walk from the arena to my van and back to the arena in less than 60 minutes! The campervan field felt like it was halfway to Birmingham!
A North West WOMAD would be magnificent! Put it on the Beat-herder festival site!!
At Latitude last weekend, there was the usual tent thieves, haven't they realised that we are wise to them now?
Anyway, best be on guard again. I had a strange man in my tent, the last year at Reading saying oops, sorry wrong tent! And Womud year they fumbled with my zip, but it was pegged down.
Everyone - peg your zips down on the insides!
@ Bloohair, good idea. I usually tie my zips with nylon string. Even a bow confuses would-be tent theives. Not at Glastonbury in 97 where they took my clothes, food and the tent
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