Community urged to unite at festival

PEOPLE in Ipswich are being called upon to come together to unite the community against prejudice.

PEOPLE in Ipswich are being called upon to come together to unite the community against prejudice.

The town's sixth Respect Festival is set to take place in September, kicked off with a carnival-style parade through the town and now organisers are appealing for community groups to take part in the popular event.

Co-ordinator Shelley Littlejohn said: “This year, as always, the Respect Festival is being held to unite our community and challenge all forms of prejudice.

“The aim is to have fun and enjoy entertainment while Ipswich says no to prejudice.

“It is about Ipswich coming together as a community for a day of fun while sharing information from community stall holders.”

Miss Littlejohn said the event is hoped to attract more than 2,000 people.

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She said: “Respect grows every year and once again, we are pleased to involve and invite stall holders to promote their organisation and add to the event.

“This year we are thrilled to be holding Respect at University Campus Suffolk's prestigious Waterfront Building.

“Last year Big Brother star Darnell Swallow opened the event and this year we are expecting a major guest celebrity to attend the event.”

The event opens at midday on September 26 and includes a parade which starts at the New Wolsey Theatre at 11am.

Miss Littlejohn added: “We are having a bright fun carnival-style parade through the town centre on the morning of the event and would love more people to join in so please let us know if this is of interest to you.”

For more information contact Miss Littlejohn at or call 01473 226931.

What do you think of the Respect Festival? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to

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