ON this date 25 years ago tens of thousands of people descended upon Loch Lomond to see their musical heroes Oasis live.

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Box office records were broken as tickets for the Mancunian legends, featuring brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher, concert dates sold out in just six hours.

Playing songs from their hit albums Definitely Maybe and (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, the band wowed the swarming crowd that took in the summer extravaganza on the shores of Loch Lomond.

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80,000 people turned up to the small town, and Balloch residents were even told to carry their passports to identify themselves to police to get them through the dense traffic.

The two nights in a row sell out show which took place on August 3 and 4 1996, is still considered one of, if not the greatest, musical concert hosted in the area, and captured a band and a musical scene at its absolute peak in the mid nineties.

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Local resident Stephen Watt, 41, who was at the gig, said: "Oasis in Balloch was a big deal.

"I bought a new shirt out of a clothing store called DNA which was in the High Street for it.

"I borrowed my dad’s leather jacket. They brought the cream of Britpop north for the gig - Cast, Ocean Colour Scene, The Charlatans, Black Grape, and my favourites - the Manic St Preachers.

"Just as they were coming o stage, plastic bottles rained everywhere (often with warm liquid inside).

"It was bedlam - but in the most positive way. There was real hysteria about Oasis and they had really spoken to the youth of the day with their songs, image and attitude.

"When the gig was finished, there was limited lighting leading out of the park.

"A solitary helicopter spotlight shone through the woods as branches slapped in your face and people tumbled over one another.

"At sixteen, it felt dangerous and exciting.

"It was where we were meant to be at that time. I’m so relieved I managed to get a ticket in the end."