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Changes to help make Elvis Festival better than ever

Pcso Leighton Rees in a pink cadillac

Bridgend County Borough Council and South Wales Police have been working with the organisers of the Porthcawl Elvis Festival (25 – 27 September) to make this year’s event the most enjoyable and safest yet.

To help ensure that crowds attending the festival can enjoy strolling safely along Porthcawl’s coastline in their blue suede shoes and colourful costumes, a stretch of the main road along the seafront will be closed for the majority of the weekend.

Visitors to the event, and local residents, are advised that the road will be closed from the junction between The Green Avenue and The Esplanade through to the junction between The Portway and the Eastern Promenade.

The road will be closed all day on Saturday 26 September from 6am onwards. It will stay closed on Sunday morning until 2am, when it will re-open, but will then close again for the rest of the day from 6am until midnight.

Temporary diversions will be in place and drivers are asked to pay close attention to the temporary signage when driving in the town over the festival weekend.

Another change will see the majority of the Eastern Promenade closed to all vehicles other than taxis, coaches and mini buses that are dropping Elvis fans off at the event, but the Salt Lake car park will still be open and accessible. Additional signage will be provided to guide drivers to the car parks and dedicated drop-off zones.

Bridgend County Borough Council Leader Mel Nott OBE said: “The festival attracts thousands of visitors who can’t help falling in love with the King of Rock and Roll every year, and with the numbers of attendees increasing it has become necessary to make certain changes to the infrastructure around the event to make it safer and more enjoyable than ever.”

All of the car parks will be open as usual, and there will be improved signage directing people to them. There will also be more toilets and bins from Griffin Park across to the Grand Pavilion.

In the case of minor accidents, a triage centre manned by the St John’s Ambulance will be set up in the Bowls Pavilion in Griffin Park on both the Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm.

Councillor Nott added: “This is the largest Elvis Festival of its kind, with more than 100 shows offering tremendous entertainment. It is a unique and extremely popular fixture on the local events calendar and I would like to wish everyone a very enjoyable festival weekend.”

Further considerable measures have also been put in place to ensure that the event is remembered for the right reasons, with visitors expected to treat the area – and those who live and work within it – with respect.

A Designated Public Place Order will enable South Wales Police officers to better deal with those who are under the influence of alcohol and making a nuisance of themselves or offending others, because it makes it an arrestable offence for anybody to refuse to stop drinking or hand over alcohol if instructed by a police officer. Posters informing the public will be on display.

Inspector Richard Weber, from South Wales Police, said: “Our officers will be out and about during the two days and their first priority is to help people and keep people safe. They will be looking to spot potential trouble and flashpoints, so rest assured they will have suspicious minds. I hope everyone enjoys the event!”

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