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image for Historical Event item typeThe Great British Woodstock - A talk by Ray Clark at Writtle College

Heritage Open Day, Wed 18 Sep 2019, free entry

A true great story

A true great story

Contact

Chelmsford Civic Society

Address

Lordship Road,
Chelmsford,
Essex,
CM1 3RR

Details

The story of the festival that was never meant to take place.......but did
This talk is about a book, by Ray Clark of BBC Essex and Radio Caroline, on one of the most legendary music festivals in British history.
It started as a donkey derby, a small local charity event, but when plans for the 1971 Isle of Wight Festival fell through, Clacton Round Table decided to hold a pop concert of their own. A small gig for 5,000 locals.
Little did they know that it would become one of the biggest music festivals ever seen in the UK, drawing a crowd of over 150,000 people. The Weeley Festival of Progressive Music has since become part of British popular music folklore. Overwhelmed by the sheer number of those attending, 'Weeley' changed the future of how outdoor events are organized. Rock stars, including Rod Stewart and the Faces, Status Quo and T. Rex, accompanied by Hells Angels, a rural police force, local volunteers and a complete lack of proper planning, culminated in one of the most legendary festivals of all time. In The Great British Woodstock, this one-off event is remembered by all those who were there, in both unpublished interviews and photographs.

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The Northumberland Building offers two modern, flexible lecture theatres and exhibition space with stylish décor and audio-visual facilities in a self contained building with large foyer for receptions for up to 200 delegates. The Essex Conference Suite is ideal for corporate meetings and intimate events. The three rooms and own foyer area can be hired separately or as the complete suite and offers conference and dining facilities for up to 50 delegates. The Rural Business Centre, designed as an energy efficient office, offers three separate conference rooms suitable for smaller meetings, accommodating up to 30 people.

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Dates Times
Wed 18 Sep 2019 19:00 to 20:00
Talk starts at 1900 and finishes at @ 20:00

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Free entry

Booking: via Eventbrite Limited to 200 places
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-talk-on-the-great-british-woodstock-the-incredible-story-of-the-weeley-festival-1971-tickets-63644946749

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We are 15 minutes drive from the M25 with ample parking on site for students and visitors. For detailed directions and maps visit our website www.writtle.ac.uk

Visitor and disabled parking is clearly sign posted on campus.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Chelmsford station

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The Northumberland Building offers two modern, flexible lecture theatres and exhibition space with stylish décor and audio-visual facilities in a self contained building with large foyer for receptions for up to 200 delegates. The Essex Conference Suite is ideal for corporate meetings and intimate events. The three rooms and own foyer area can be hired separately or as the complete suite and offers conference and dining facilities for up to 50 delegates. The Rural Business Centre, designed as an energy efficient office, offers three separate conference rooms suitable for smaller meetings, accommodating up to 30 people.