Mission Concert crowd receives unreserved thumbs up

By ROGER MORONEY


For the first time in "many years" St John Ambulance officers and support crews have not had to attend to anyone suffering from extreme intoxication at the Mission Concert.

"We had no alcohol-related issues to deal with," St John Ambulance Service acting district operations manager John Plastow said.

While that was good news, the news on the overall treatment front was equally good.

"We had 63 people attended to - that is the lowest we have ever had - it was a pretty quiet night."

He said the treatments were minor, ranging from plasters to aspirins.

It was in stark contract to last year's Rod Stewart concert when medical crews attended to nearly 100 people. The only incident of concern on the night was assisting a man who began to experience chest pains. He was taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital as a precaution to be checked out.

He put the low incident list down to two factors - the less than "full house" and the fact ticket purchasing figures showed the average age of concertgoers was 53. The police echoed that with officer-in-charge of the Mission policing Senior Sergeant Fred van Duuren giving the crowd the thumbs-up.

Of the hundreds of people stopped at drink-drive checkpoints leading away from the venue two were found to have excess breath-alcohol levels.

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