Festival campers settle in

WE’RE a month out from the Tamworth Country Music Festival, but fans have started to trickle into the city already.

Rosemary and Phil Wilson used to call Ballina home, but that was 15 years ago and since then they’ve called Australia their home.

For the next month they’ll call Paradise Tourist Park home as they set up camp for the festival and spend time with their daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

“We’ve been coming for 10 or 12 years, but we’re not usually here for Christmas,” Mrs Wilson said.

“We have family in Tamworth so we’ll see them while we’re here. We used to come to babysit our granddaughters – now we have a great-granddaughter.”

Since March they’ve been travelling around Australia but they’ll be in Tamworth until the end of January to soak up the festival atmosphere.

They said they often ran into people around the country who came to the festival.

“The festival is beautiful, all the people are friendly and you can even leave th­­­­­­ings out and not have to worry about them,” Mrs Wilson said.

Mr Wilson said he liked the country music and that they didn’t really like the rockier music.

They said they also enjoyed the concerts in Bicentennial Park and Coca-Cola Park.

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