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Festival noise blamed on weather

Beach Break festival
Organisers admitted that noise had been a problem

Organisers of a music festival in north Cornwall are blaming good weather for complaints about noise.

More than 100 people in Polzeath complained about noise from the three-day Beach Break Live at Polzeath at the beginning of June.

Stella Lane, who lives nearby, said: "The music was so loud you could have had a rave in your front garden."

Organisers described the problem as a "one-off" because good weather had carried the noise further afield.

The first Beach Break Live festival last year attracted only three complaints.

Claire Parnell, one of the owners of the site at Carruan Farm, said: "This is our community, we have lived here all our lives and the last thing we want to do is upset anybody.

"I hope this is a one-off that we can overcome."

Beach Break festival
The festival is in its second year

Festival organiser Celia Norowzian said: "Noise was an issue, but I hope residents realise that we did all we could in advance to alleviate that.

"Unfortunately, it didn't work. But in future we are going to go even further."

Steve Hobdon, licensing officer for North Cornwall District Council, said: "People can apply for a review of that licence which could result in a reduction of the hours or additional conditions being put on that licence."

Polzeath resident Marie Pritchard said: "I did hear them, but the youngsters have got to go somewhere and it's quite nice for them to have a few days and have a good time."

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