Thousands enjoy pop spectacular

TENS of thousands of people descended on East Anglia to see some of biggest names in pop perform at a giant beach party.Feisty chart-toppers Girls Aloud were joined by the likes of R 'n' B trio Mis-Teeq for the Pop Beach spectacular at Great Yarmouth yesterday , organised by Channel 4's T4 programme.

TENS of thousands of people descended on East Anglia to see some of biggest names in pop perform at a giant beach party.

Feisty chart-toppers Girls Aloud were joined by the likes of R 'n' B trio Mis-Teeq for the Pop Beach spectacular at Great Yarmouth yesterday , organised by Channel 4's T4 programme.

There was a carnival atmosphere as thousands of people paid to get into the beach concert itself, while others were happy to catch the view from the pier for free.

Millions of people were also expected to watch the concert being broadcast on Channel 4.


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Mis-teeq kicked off the music with recent hit Scandalous, and they were followed by the likes of Girls Aloud, Dannii Minogue, Daniel Bedingfield, ex-Sugarbabe Siobhan Donaghey, D-Side, Jamelia, Big Brovaz and Triple 8.

The day was hosted by the T4 team of Vernon Kay, June Sarpong, and MC Harvey.

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In all, organisers believe nearly 25,000 people went to the event, and the final tickets sold out several hours before it started.

During the show, some people were forced to cool off by taking a dip in the sea, but a spokesman for the East Anglian Ambulance said: "There has been plenty of people being affected by the heat and that sort of thing but we've only taken person to the hospital from the site with heat related problems."

Supt Bob Scully, of Norfolk Police, said the event had passed off smoothly and people had been in good spirits.

He said: "I think we have had a very happy day for Great Yarmouth. Some 22,000 people came, there was good weather and they had a great time on the beach.

"One or two people were dealt with for alcohol-related problems but otherwise we had a very peaceful day.

"The roads have been fine. There were surprisingly few problems on the roads."

n Police in Yarmouth said last night they were investigating an incident in which someone was stabbed on Marine Parade after the Pop Beach extravaganza had finished. Further details of the incident were unavailable, but it was not thought to be linked to the event. The condition of the victim was unknown.

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