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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 September 2005, 12:22 GMT 13:22 UK
Sun and stars shine for wildlife
Lemar and elephant
Lemar gets to know one of the elephants which will benefit
Thousands of fans are basking in Kent's late summer sunshine as they listen to their favourite bands at Port Lympne's first ever music festival.

Pop acts Lemar and Girls Aloud played to 6,000 fans on the first day of the three-day event near Hythe on Friday.

The festival is raising money for Howletts and Port Lympne animal parks and boosting the campaign to finance a 1m elephant house at Howletts.

Local bands are playing on Saturday before headliners McFly take the stage.

Capacity crowds

"The opening acts were fantastic - we had an amazing day and we were really helped by the weather," said festival spokeswoman Eddie Hill.

Organisers at the John Aspinall Foundation parks were hoping for capacity crowds of 8,000 on Saturday and Sunday.

The festival's final day is a classical event, with Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins topping the bill.

Ms Hill said it was not yet known how much the festival would raise.

"Obviously we are hoping for as much as possible," she said.

"Every penny counts - every ticket sold, every burger and every ride on the funfair."

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