Multi-agency partners get message out prior to Rockness 2012

Multi-agency partners send out the Rockness message to have fun, but stay safe.
Multi-agency partners send out the Rockness message to have fun, but stay safe.

THE Highlands’ premier music festival, Rockness, is just days away and multi-agency partners are urging revellers to stay safe and enjoy their weekend.

Representatives from Northern Constabulary, NHS Highland, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, British Red Cross, Scottish Ambulance Service and Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, gathered at the Loch Ness site to encourage attendees to make the most of their weekend, whilst balancing that with a responsible attitude towards personal safety.

The last three years have seen reductions in crime and medical incidents over the duration of the weekend, but partners say there is no room for complacency.

Iain MacKay, Resilience Advisor for the Scottish Ambulance Service, said: “Simple things such as making your friends aware of medication that you are taking, making sure you have enough to last the weekend, taking enough sunscreen to last the weekend, and keeping hydrated, whether it is sunny or not, will help you stay healthy at RockNess 2012.”

Karen Carson, NHS Highland Senior Health Promotion Specialist for Sexual Health and Young People, added: “It is crucial that festival goers take sexual heath seriously at Rockness.

“If you are simply on the pull or determined not to get tied down – don’t forget to take condoms or dams with you. The message is really simple; if you’re planning a Highland fling at Rockness keep it covered – keep it safe.”

And Event Commander Superintendent Stevie MacKay from Northern Constabulary spoke of the proactive operation against drugs at the event: “As with previous years we will be taking a robust and pro-active stance against drugs at the festival. “We will also be looking to stem the supply of drugs prior to the event also to ensure festival goers are as safe as possible. The message is clear from previous years in that if you bring drugs you’re very likely to get caught and not only will you miss the whole weekend you’ll face criminal charges, so don’t risk it.”

He added: “Alcohol should also be taken responsibly. There’s no point saving for months for this event and ruining it all be getting so drunk you miss the event or face ejection because alcohol has impaired your judgement and you engage in behaviour which is likely to land you in trouble.”

Relevant Police messages will be available on the Northern Constabulary Twitter and Facebook pages over the course of the weekend.

And the partners also welcome feedback from the event. If you have any comments please email