Weeley Rock and Pop Festival 40th anniversary remembered

Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart of The Faces
Image caption Rod Stewart and the Faces headlined the bill of the three-day festival

The 40th anniversary of a one-off music festival in a small north Essex village is marked by a BBC radio documentary.

The Weeley Rock and Pop Festival took place over the August bank holiday weekend of 1971.

Up to 150,000 people descended on farmland in Weeley to see bands including Rod Stewart and the Faces, T Rex, Status Quo and Mott the Hoople.

A documentary looking back at the festival will be aired on BBC Essex on 29 August at 12:00 BST.

The event was organised by the Clacton Round Table, who in previous years had organised events such as donkey derbies in order to raise money for local charities.

In 1971, the group decided to organise a small music festival and initially had permission for just 10,000 music fans.

This quickly turned into one of the largest music festivals of the time, with acts also including Lindisfarne, Curved Air, The Groundhogs and King Crimson.

Tickets cost about £1.50, however many people saw it for free as the fences surrounding the site were brought down.

"Return to Weeley" will also be available on the BBC Radio Player for seven days after broadcast.