Jordan Blackburn on a lifesupport machine at the Cumberland Infirmary
A man who was in a critical condition after taking drugs at Kendal Calling has made an emotional plea to warn others of the dangers of taking drugs. Jordan Poddy Blackburn, 20, of Millom posted a plea on his Facebook page showing himself a critical condition at the Cumberland Infirmary.
Jordan Poddy Blackburn
Jordan said: Many lives over the weekend, not just those lost, but the familys of those involved have been destroyed including my own by the careless use of uppers at festivals, or any other time for that matter.
I really think I need to raise awareness and show people what the consequences are just off a little pill. I m not telling people to like or share this post, just please read and think hard about what you re putting in your body, or at least know what you re putting in your body.
I ve been lucky enough to have a second chance at life and i m clinging to every part for me and Chris, so the most i can do is let people know the consequences they put themselves in and their family.
Please be careful guys and share if you can just to let others know.
Miss you mate, I ll make you proud.
Jordan was discharged from hospital yesterday.
Police can confirm that another person who attended Kendal Calling have been admitted to the Cumberland Infirmary with adverse effects from drugs.
A 20-year-old woman from Lancaster is in a serious but stable condition. Police have confirmed the identity of the man who died following believed substance abuse at the festival. Christian Pay, aged 18, from Millom was pronounced dead earlier on Friday 31st July after being admitted to the Cumberland Infirmary. Officers are supporting the family.
A spokesperson from Kendal Calling said: We are deeply saddened that a male who attended Kendal Calling passed away at the Cumberland Infirmary.
Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and we are doing everything possible to support the police with their enquiries. Chief Inspector Mairi Stamper said: Despite strong warnings being issued about the risks associated with taking drugs, there are still some people risking their health by taking substances at the event.
There are numerous types of drugs that we believe may be in circulation, we have recently been advised of an orange powder / crystals. However we cannot say with any certainty which drugs are causing the issues, therefore in order for people to stay safe it is important that people take notice of the safety advice that is being given and that people do not take drugs of any kind, pills or powder, at Kendal Calling. There has been improvement in the three people who were in the Cumberland Infirmary Saturday evening:
- A 29-year-old man from Manchester is in a serious but stable.
- A 34-year-old man from Manchester has been discharged.
- An 18-year-old man from Carlisle has been discharged.
The two people who were admitted on Friday to the Cumberland Infirmary, remain in hospital:
- A 19-year-old male from Millom is in a serious but stable condition.
- A 29-year-old woman from Bolton is in a serious but stable condition.
Drugs have been seized and police said the following drugs were in circulation:
- A blue tablet with an Adidas logo.
- A yellow powder, believed to be MDMA.
- An orange oval tablet with a Rolls Royce logo.
- A green tablet with a white fleck.
- A plain grey tablet with a white fleck.
Superintendent Mark Pannone said: These are just some of the drugs seized.
Our advice is simple do not take any drugs at Kendal Calling 2015.
It is never safe to take unknown substances as you cannot be sure of what they contain.
There is a risk that these substances are on still on site and those attending the festival need to be aware of the potential dangers of taking substances such as these.
Police can confirm that the following four people who were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply, have been released on bail:
- An 18 year old man from Manchester
- A 54 year old man from Manchester
- A 41 year old man from Manchester
- A 44 year old man from Manchester
SNOOP Dogg and the Kaiser Chiefs rocked Kendal Calling s main stage as the fantastic four-day festival drew to a close last night.
Around 25,000 music lovers of all ages packed into the Lowther Deer Park venue near Penrith for a weekend of rich entertainment which offered something for everyone. And it seemed almost every single one of those attending the 10th anniversary event had crowded round the main arena to catch a glimpse of Snoop Dogg. The American rapper performed a stunning set which had the crowd in raptures.
Less Than Jake
There had been a tragic start to the festival. One visitor died, several others needed hospital treatment and widespread warnings against drug use were issued by police and health experts after incidents on the opening night. Christian Pay, aged 18, from Millom was pronounced dead after being admitted to the Cumberland Infirmary.
A spokesperson from Kendal Calling said: We are deeply saddened that a male who attended Kendal Calling passed away at the Cumberland Infirmary this morning Friday. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and we are doing everything possible to support the police with their enquiries. But the show went on.
Indefatigable Manchester band James had headlined on Thursday evening. The Vaccines and The Levellers then thrilled the massive main stages crowds on Friday when Gaz Coombes, of Supergrass fame, was also in action. Fancy dress was the main theme for spectators on Saturday which meant everybody and everything from Scooby Doo and friends to a set of Tetris blocks getting in on the act.
Elbow brought that evening to a fantastic finale on the main stage, although many were spoiled for choice as British Sea Power and Public Service Broadcasting performed simultaneously nearby. A late change to the line-up saw Super Furry Animals replace Kodaline, who were forced to pull out due to the illness of a band member. But there were also some very special treats for those who ventured to more intimate areas of the picturesque site.
John Robb, of post punk group The Membranes, performed a secret gig in the Tim Peaks Diner on Saturday evening. This venue was created by Charlatans front man Tim Burgess, who could be seen throughout the weekend behind a counter packed with tea cups and tasty cakes. Even members of the Kaiser Chiefs popped in for a DJ set on Sunday before headlining on the final day.
And in the House Party tent on Saturday afternoon were Red Corner, a group of criminal barristers and a clerk from a Manchester-based legal chambers.
Their cover tracks included, inevitably perhaps, The Clash s I Fought the Law .