South Scotland

Security advice to Wickerman fans

Wickerman Festival
Image caption The festival concludes with the burning of a giant Wickerman

Music fans attending the Wickerman Festival have been urged to plan ahead to ensure the event passes safely.

Up to 15,000 people are expected to descend on the farmland site near Dundrennan in Dumfries and Galloway on Friday and Saturday.

Acts include Ocean Colour Scene, the Charlatans, Teenage Fanclub and veteran singer Tony Christie.

Organiser Syd Ambrose said spectator safety was of great importance, following incidents at other festivals.

"We have had the same security firm for several years so they know the layout and they know the audience," he said.

"The police work hand in hand with first aid and ambulance service and fire brigade.

"So we have got that nailed down pretty well."

He advised people to stay with friends for the duration of the festival.

He added that anyone with an illness should ensure they bring any medication they require and also be aware of the location of first aid facilities.

The south of Scotland event was first held in 2002 and its finale includes the burning of a giant Wickerman as occurred in the cult film of the same name.

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