When 14-year-old Shea Lucey booked a place at his first ever music festival thanks to a charity tie-in, he didn’t expect to meet some of the stars of the show.

But when the Stevenage teenager, who has Down’s Syndrome, rocked up to enjoy Rhythms of the World in Hitchin he was able to rub shoulders with former 1980s chart-topper Paul Young and his band the Pacaminos.

Shea qualified for free tickets through a promotion organised through festival organisers and the Luton-based Happy Days children’s charity, to make sure that children with speical needs didn’t miss out.

More than 200 children and their carers took advantage of the offer, which has been hailed as a huge success.