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Busy day at festival first aid tent

First aid incidents at T in the Park have almost doubled on last year while visits to the hospital tent have also soared, organisers said.

There had been 312 trips to the first aid tent by early evening on Friday, compared with 161 on the first day last year, and 183 visits to the hospital tent for "minor" ailments, compared with 108 last year.

Only one person has required offsite hospital care, compared with six last year, but organisers said the incident is not serious. Sunburn was among the injuries as revellers basked in 26C heat and sunshine, with hay fever and asthma also causing problems for a small number of revellers.

However, organisers said it has been a glorious day for the vast majority of the 85,000 people who turned out for the first day of the event.

Neil Gillies, of the onsite medical services, said: "Obviously this is a particularly sunny T in the Park and most people are presenting for minor medical ailments, such as hay fever. For those who haven't yet arrived on site, we advise you to be prepared, ensure you bring sunscreen, any relevant medication, plus appropriate footwear and clothing."

Scottish favourites The Proclaimers took to the main stage as revellers welcomed "Sunshine on Kinross". Folk-rockers Mumford & Sons headline the festival on Friday night, Rihanna headlines on Saturday and The Killers top the bill on Sunday.

Director Geoff Ellis said: "It was fantastic to open the arena on our 20th year and great to see that the sun has come out to help us celebrate. This will be a weekend not to be missed. There are still some tickets on sale and they can be bought online, then picked up at our box office when fans arrive."

Police Scotland said they are "delighted" with the behaviour of fans so far, and crime levels, particularly theft, are very low.

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill visited the site on Friday, and urged people to heed a police drug warning following previous deaths linked to fake Ecstasy pills. Pictures of the pills, coloured green with a Rolex-style stamp, have been posted around the festival site and drugs amnesty bins have been placed at the gates for people to dispose of any substances without fear of prosecution or exclusion.

This year's T in the Park has attracted a record 35,000 campers and organisers expect 85,000 people to attend the festival on each of the three days.


From Belfast Telegraph