WORLD Cup football and a blazingly hot day together meant numbers were down at this year’s West Fest on Saturday.

But that did not stop a crowd of about 1,500 enjoying an eclectic menu of music and entertainment at the annual event, held as usual on the West Malvern playing fields off Old Hollow.

John Brook, of the organising committee, said: “Numbers were between 20 and 25 per cent down on the usual attendance. The football had a lot to do with that, and we think that some families stayed away because it was simply so hot.

“This unfortunately means that the amount of money that we will have raised for community causes will be down on last year, but that can’t be helped. The weather and the football are both beyond our control.”

Among the featured acts this year were Flood for the Famine, Power Room, Gordon Giltrap, Hennesea and Temple Lake.

And the Dakin Diversity Stage hosted appearances by St James’ School Choir, Paul O’Neill, Famjam, Handel with Care, West Malvern Voices, and Emma May White and Lou Clarke, as well as hosting the silent disco.