A COMMUNITY music festival has been hailed a success following its second year.

Heditude festival, which debuted last year, is held at Hedinghams United Football Club, was said to be even better than its first year.

Saturday’s festival was headlined by popular mod and ska covers band Skamite.

A spokesman for the festival said: “Heditude went really, really well this year.

“The organisers and the performers all thought it ran extremely smoothly, – a bit like we’d done it before.”

Pre-event sales were up about 5 per cent on last year, meaning everyone and more returned to enjoy the music event.

Event secretary Tracey Ashmeade said: “Initial figures suggest we have made a similar amount to last year, maybe slightly more.

“That would suggest ticket sales were higher as we weren’t charging in advance for under-12s this year, yet the money taken is about the same.

“We still have money and donations coming in, so all in all, bearing in mind the weather, it was a very successful and enjoyable day.”

Acoustic performer Millie Kirkpatrick was unable to perform due to illness, but Robin Didley took her spot at the last minute to deliver a brilliantly entertaining set with his own country and folk songs.

Organisers said the standard of performance was even higher than last year.

The festival was raising funds for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, Hedinghams United Football Club and the Help for Harry appeal.

Harry Pettifor, who was born with a rare genetic condition, went along to the festival and even got up on stage with the band Hargreaves to see what it was like.