All hands to the pumps for folk at Westbury

This Is Wiltshire: Steve Knightley and John Alderslade at the festival site Steve Knightley and John Alderslade at the festival site

Organisers of the annual Village Pump Folk Festival need volunteers to help out as stewards for the event, which takes place at White Horse Country Park from July 25-27.

The festival, launched in 1974, will see the likes of Seth Lakeman, patron Steve Knightley and Show of Hands, The Blues Band, The Peatbog Faeries, Martin Simpson and Brass Monkey, performing over the three days.

Stewards must be over 18 years old and will work three four-hour shifts over the duration of the festival. Volunteers will get a weekend ticket to the festival in exchange for helping out.

The role mainly involves giving advice and keeping an eye on allocated areas, with jobs including checking tickets, monitoring crowds and staffing a festival gate.

Clive Woodland, of the publicity team, said: “We will give them basic health and safety training beforehand to make sure they can deal with anything that crops up and to be aware of the procedures. We normally have about 180 stewards for the weekend.

“We want people who are friendly, approachable and willing to be vocal. They also need to be attentive, honest, reliable and good working in teams. Anyone who is interested in volunteering or wants to find out more should visit the festival website.”

The folk festival will also welcome back Radio 2 Folk Award winners Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, who scooped best duo at the ceremony which took place at The Royal Albert Hall, in London, last month.

Mr Woodland said: “We have a very good line-up this year and there really is something for everyone. One of our headliners, Seth Lakeman, even performed at BBC Radio 2’s D-Day event at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday.”

For more information about volunteering, log on to www.

villagepumpfolkfestival.co.uk

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