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A special late-night train service for the three-day Newark Festival has been arranged by East Midlands Trains.

The seventh Newark Festival takes place at Riverside Park from Friday.

Organiser and promoter LHG Live has teamed-up with East Midlands Trains for the revised timetable.

On Friday, the last train from Newark Castle to Lincoln will leave at 11.10pm and the last service from Newark Castle to Nottingham at 11.06pm.

The last train to Lincoln on Saturday will leave Newark Castle at 11.07pm, stopping at Collingham, Swinderby, Hykeham and Lincoln.

An additional train at 11.04pm will call at Rolleston, Fiskerton, Bleasby, Thurgarton, Lowdham, Burton Joyce, Carlton and Nottingham.

The last train to Lincoln on Sunday will leave at 11.09pm, while a train heading the opposite way will leave at 11.14pm, calling at Rolleston, Fiskerton, Bleasby, Thurgarton, Lowdham, Burton Joyce, Carlton and Nottingham.

Full details are at www.eastmidlands trains.co.uk or on Twitter @EMTrains

Newark Festival 2018 has a new format, including an earlier start time of noon on Saturday.

The first act will go on stage at 1pm, launching an afternoon of entertainment — featuring Kim Wilde, Go West, Nick Heyward, Limahl, and The Fizz — before a headline concert from Marti Pellow in the evening.

The Wet Wet Wet frontman will be supported by special guests Hothouse Flowers.

The previous evening, the festival will get under way with Riverside Rocks, featuring tribute bands to The Who, The Stone Roses, The Rolling Stones and Queen — Who’s Next, The Ultimate Stone Roses, The Rollin’ Clones and Magic Queen.

Newark Festival ends with a free family fun day on Sunday. There will be family activities and entertainment throughout the day, followed by a Swing In The Park evening concert and fireworks finale.

The festival headline partners include Barcode Warehouse, the Newark Advertiser and Water’s Edge Kitchen and Bar, who will be running the Water’s Edge Premier Ticket Enclosure.

Other local businesses sponsoring the event include Gusto Homes, Lincs FM, Newark Beauty Rooms, Duncan & Toplis, Future Prospects, Bakkavor, Inizio, Active4Today, Sherwood YMCA, Kelham House Hotel, and Southwell Racecourse.

Liz Doogan-Hobbs, of LHG Live, said: "What a line-up we have in store for the entire weekend of Newark Festival 2018 — we are going to have a terrific three days at Riverside Park.

"We are thrilled to be working with East Midlands Trains again and are grateful to them for arranging this special late train service, which we are sure many festival-goers will welcome."

To buy tickets, go to www.newark festival.co.uk

Tickets are also available directly from Newark Town Hall.