MORE people than ever before turned out for the Wolverton Folk and Blues Fair on Saturday.

The ninth annual fair was hailed a great success after more than 1,500 people went through the gates, which organisers said was the event's highest figures to date.

There was something for everyone, set to fine weather and the beautiful grounds of Wolverton Manor.

There were 17 acts playing over two stages, with top class folk and blues artists including the award-winning blues band The Producers and The Trials of Cato, who are rising stars in the folk world.

Other highlights included country blues trio The Goat Roper Rodeo Band, from North Wales, and Island band The Dance Preachers, led by JC and Angelina Grimshaw, who delivered Texas/Mississippi blues, folk and roots, getting the crowd on their feet in the afternoon sunshine.

The beer tent acoustic stage was in full flow with Red Sqwrl, Cajundaze, The Rug Band and Paul Armfield among others.

The Brighstone Primary School Choir performed a selection of country-influenced songs, and The MoonShiners, which included event organisers Tim and Dave Hollis, rounded off the day with Chicago-style blues.

The event was also something of a mini-beer fest with more than 14 different ales to try.

There was also local festival food from The Vegan Boys, Wightwood Pizza, Dumpling Dumpling and a wagyu beef barbecue run by Brighstone Primary.

The event attracted all ages, including families.

Tim Hollis said: "It was great to see everyone chilling out, enjoying the music, food and real ales. All money raised goes to Leukaemia research and Brighstone Primary. Once all the figures are in we will announce the totals.

"We would like to thank all the bands that gave their time to play, plus the volunteers that helped make the event run smoothly.

"Plans for next year? Watch this space, as it will be the tenth year."