It has been revealed today that the Bestival ‘fairy’ has hung up her wings.
Jenny Obbard, of the Sandown area, has worked with the music festival organizers for six years. Her role as fairy involved giving young people registered with the Isle of Wight Disability Team free tickets to attend the event.
Parents, siblings and careers are also given free tickets to event, which is popular amongst those on Isle of Wight breaks, so that they can provide support to them throughout the weekend.
Jenny told iwcp.co.uk that she had enjoyed her time working with the festival and said she enjoyed working for a worthwhile cause. She said: “I am very passionate about disabled people having the same opportunities as everyone else and Bestival has helped facilitate this – not in a tokenistic way – but they have pulled out all the stops.”
Julie Loosemore and her family – daughter Christina 15 and James 12 – will now take over the duties from Jenny. The Loosemore family have first-hand experience in the scheme, which they have benefited from in past years.
Bestival takes place every September at the Island’s Robin Hill Country Park and sees some of the world’s biggest music acts perform over the four-day event. The 2012 event marked the ninth year for the festival, and included acts such as Florence and the Machine, Stevie Wonder and newcomer Jessie Ware, according to dailymail.co.uk.