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THE former leader of a council has joined with three other councillors to give cash to support an alcohol-free festival.

Cllr Ferris Cowper, former leader of East Hampshire District Council and now a Hampshire county councillor, has joined with fellow councillors Mark Kemp-Gee, Vaughn Clarke and Andrew Joy to hand over £3,500 to Butserfest.

The cash comes from their own devolved budgets which they can give to local community projects.

Cllr Cowper said: ‘I was leader of East Hampshire District Council in 2007 when the first Butserfest took place, and have been an advocate of the festival ever since.

‘The initial goal was to provide something for young people to do in the local area as well as a safe alcohol and drug free environment. The festival proves that you can have a great time without the need for alcohol.

‘This is just as important now as it was in 2007.’

The money will help fund the festival, which takes place on Saturday, September 15 at the foot of Butser Hill.