It was one of the best Bestivals of all time

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With his well documented love of fancy dress, Bestival was always going to be a good fit with Sir Elton John.

The Rocket Man brought the Isle of Wight extravaganza to a rousing finale last night with a rare festival appearance.

HEADLINE ACT Sir Elton John laps up the Bestival crowd last night. Picture: Cameron Winsor

HEADLINE ACT Sir Elton John laps up the Bestival crowd last night. Picture: Cameron Winsor

He told the crowd: ‘I haven’t done a festival in England since 1969, and I only agreed to do this one because I was told it’s brilliant.’

Coming on to the stage wearing a jacket with ‘madman across the water’ on the back, Elton treated fans to a string of his best hits, including his original version of Candle In The Wind, Tiny Dancer and Rocket Man.

And with the maritime-theme of HMS Bestival, there were plenty of people making the effort to get involved.

The now-traditional fancy dress parade on Saturday saw thousands don their outfits, the site filling with schools of Finding Nemos, gaggles of pirates and Captain Jack Sparrows and several navy’s worth of sailors.

And as the 10th anniversary-event at Robin Hill Country Park, near Newport, drew to a close with fireworks, more than 50,000 revellers were left with smiles on their faces.

Sophia Koumi, 24, from Portsmouth, said: ‘We love the fancy dress – there’s no point in coming if you’re not going to get dressed up. You just have to do it.

‘It’s been an amazing weekend, and I can’t believe they got Elton John, he is an absolute legend. Watching him made me cry.’

Una Arthur, 25, from Talbot Road in Southsea, said: ‘The journey here has been much better this year, too. They said they would improve it and they have.

‘This year has been incredible – the organisers always deliver, and as long as they do we’ll keep coming back.’

Ben Harris, from Southsea, turned 25 on Thursday, and celebrated on through the weekend. He said: ‘It has been an awesome weekend. I love it here.’

And Jessica Brown, 25, from Furness Road in Southsea, added: ‘There’s always so much going on – like the ambient forest, The Port, and the weird stuff at the swamp shack.

‘I love the way they change bits each year, too, so there’s always something new and different.’

Despite several heavy downpours throughout the weekend, the site remained largely mud free.