VIDEO: Thousands expected at Weldonfest

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The seventh annual Weldonfest is taking place at Corby Rugby Club today (Saturday, June 22).

The event started at about midday and it’s expected to attract more than 3,000 people.

A total of 50 local acts are due to perform, including rock, indie and dance acts.

Kevin McConnell, one of the festival organisers, said: “We started in 2007, when we sold 300 tickets on the back of a lorry. This year we’ve sold more than 3,000 tickets. It’s always a good turnout.

“Most of the acts are local bands, and most of them perform for free to support the local charities.

“There’s a range of music so that there’s something for everyone, and there’s a children’s area which has events going on all day.”

He added: “The money we raise goes to local charities or people who need funds for specialist treatment. We’ve already raised £75,000 for local charities, and we hope this year will be the best yet.”

Sarah James, 33, from Corby, said: “This is the sixth year that we have attended. It’s an excellent event. It’s great to have something like this in Corby. They should keep it up.”

Rebecca Clark, from Corby, said: “This is the first time I’ve been to Weldonfest. I am expecting it to be good fun, and I’m happy to support an event which raises so much for local charities.”