A RECORD number of music lovers attended a free festival over the bank holiday weekend.

Organisers of Darwen Live said the festival attracted its biggest-ever audience with more than 20,000 people visiting the main arena over the two days.

Organiser Darren James said it was an ‘amazing weekend’ and plans would be under way for next year’s event in a few weeks.

He said: “It has been an amazing weekend.

“It’s been the busiest one yet and town was heaving with people all day.

“Both days had their biggest-ever audiences and Grace Davies went down a storm.

“The crowd loved it and were singing along all day. There has been no trouble and everyone has been very good natured.

“It will be a few weeks before planning starts for next year which, as always, depends on funding.”

The festival kicked off on Sunday with venues across the town hosting local and upcoming bands, and comedy folk band The Lancashire Hotpots and singer Paul Young headlining the main stage.

On Monday evening Langho’s Grace Davies, the runner-up in last year’s ITV X Factor contest, performed to a thrilled audience.

Police praised festivalgoers for their good behaviour and for creating a ‘great, friendly’ atmosphere.

Sgt Shaun Pearson, from Darwen Neighbourhood Team said: “Three teenagers were arrested on Saturday afternoon for minor public order offences, not related to the venue or any licensed premises.

“There were no arrests on Sunday.”

“It has been a cracking weekend in the sun. Special mention for the event organisers for their months of hard work and the Council Street Cleaning Team for working tirelessly tidying up after everyone throughout the town centre.

“Finally thanks to everyone who came down for creating a great friendly atmosphere.”