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Fridge firm gets cool festival job

A Lisburn company is to help keep Glastonbury festival cool later this month.

Lowe Refrigeration is the official supplier of 'cold rooms' to the Somerset musical extravaganza, keeping the wares of 300 caterers chilled as they prepare to feed some of the 180,000 revellers at the five-day festival.

There will be more than 300 caterers providing food for hungry music fans throughout the event. Many of the traders need refrigeration or freezer space to store their products.

More than 50 of Lowe's flat-packed cold rooms of various sizes have been ordered for Glastonbury, the largest being 2.4 metres by 8.4 metres.

While work goes on to build the Glastonbury site, including the festival's iconic Pyramid Stage, the cold rooms will be built and ready for action after a simple 30-minute installation by Lowe's on-site technicians.

The firm has been supplying refrigeration equipment to the festival for almost 20 years.

In addition to the cold rooms, Lowe is also sending dozens of smaller fridges and freezers for use on the stalls and trade stands.

Lowe's rental sales manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Rachel McCausland, said that their products save time, effort, money - and the planet.

"Bringing dozens of refrigerated containers onto the site would be quite disruptive to the build and the roads around Glastonbury, whereas our flat-packed cold rooms are easy to transport onto the site," she said.

"In terms of energy efficiency, the cold rooms are also a lot greener than refrigerated containers, for example.

"Environmental issues are obviously a key part of Glastonbury's heritage."