Condoms included in safety pack at festival

Young revellers heading to a festival in Cornwall are to be given condoms as part of the event's survival pack for the weekend.

Attendees of the Boardmasters surf and music festival, which is taking place in Newquay and Watergate Bay from August 7th to 11th, will get a pack if they are aged between 13 and 25.

The local council's Health Promotion Service, in partnership with alcohol charity Addaction, has taken responsibility for handing out the survival packs, which will help youngsters to stay safe and healthy when they are enjoying themselves this weekend.

Matt Walker, young person lead at the Health Promotion Service, said: "This year promises to be bigger and better than ever. We want to make sure people have fun and help them stay safe and well while they are there. We are extremely grateful to the organisers of Boardmasters (Vision 9), for providing pitch space and marquees free of charge."

As well as condoms to promote safe sex at the event, the survival pack includes brief advice aimed at reducing harm among young people, along with a variety of practical items. There is a poncho to keep people warm and dry, 'spikeys' to prevent drink spiking and water for hydration. Condoms will only be included in the packs given out to people over the age of 16.

Boardmasters Festival organisers added: "Boardmasters is all about having fun with the people you love and being part of a truly spectacular week filled with music, arts and the beachside lifestyle. However, safety must remain paramount in all that you do and being unified in this effort ensures that the ultimate festival experience is fulfilled."

Around 4,000 young people are expected to receive the packs during this weekend's Boardmasters surf and music festival, with stalls at both Fistral Beach in Newquay and the Watergate Bay campsite.

Headline acts at the event include Snoop Dogg, Bastille and Chase and Status, while there will also be appearances from Peace, Zane Lowe, The Enemy and Duke Dumont among others.