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Thursday 25 May 2017

Chairs ban for music festival fans

People sit on the ground at the Isle of Wight Festival after folding chairs were banned
People sit on the ground at the Isle of Wight Festival after folding chairs were banned

Revellers at the Isle of Wight Festival have been banned from taking in foldable chairs because of health and safety concerns and to improve the "audience experience", the security co-ordinator has confirmed.

About 100 visitors were forced to leave their chairs outside the festival site in Seaclose Park, Newport, when they were confronted by security staff enforcing the new rules.

Clive Woodford, from East Cowes, said he needed to sit for medical reasons and there was no prior notification of chairs being banned.

He told the BBC: "I'm absolutely furious. It's 175 quid down the drain. (The organisers) need to treat the public with respect."

Tim McWilliams, Solo security co-ordinator, said: "Out of concern for the public, and to give the fans the best opportunity to view the stage, we have found that it works best to have minimum obstructions in the arena and we find by not allowing chairs it enhances the audience experience."

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