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Totally Wild

Totally Wild 2007 took place at Port Lympne Animal Park on Saturday 30th June

During the day people enjoyed the 600 acres of the Port Lympne Safari Park and found out about the environmental projects that take place throughout the year and their work in returning endangered species back to the wild.

The audience saved Kent Scouts’ eagerly awaited pop music festival on Saturday night, after the organisers considered calling it off due to the appalling weather conditions.

The highlight of Kent Scouts' Totally Wild day at the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park was due to be the spectacular evening concert. Young people from all corners of the County, plus several groups from around the country, had booked for the event. With the rain beating down, they were determined to brave the elements and watch the Sugababes and others perform.

With the monsoon-like conditions, the concert only got the go-ahead after a crisis meeting between the production team and health and safety officers. This was much to the delight of the crowd that stayed for the show, even with the Glastonbury-style ankle deep mud.

Assistant County Commissioner and Kent Scouts’ Centenary director Andy Trill, said: ‘The decision to go-ahead was correct. Scouting teaches young people about outdoor pursuits and to 'Be Prepared' and they were for the conditions we faced.’

The Totally Wild day was held at the animal park as part of the countrywide celebrations to mark the Centenary of Scouting. The four-hour concert featured a wide variety of bands, including local Scouting stars The Tremors and Cabaret Doll. The line up continued with another Scout band, The Promise, before Kent's own X-factor star Ben Mills took to the stage. The concert ended with the chart-topping group, the Sugababes, wowing the crowd despite the weather.

Mr Trill said: 'It was a battle against the elements. There was a delay due to challenging technical problems before the Sugababes headline act came on stage for their one-hour set. Despite that it was a fantastic day and night that will be long remembered by all in Scouting and their families.'

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