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Nightclubbing with a difference

PUBLISHED: 16:17 26 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2010

FREE of the smoke filled and alcohol fuelled atmosphere normally found inside nightclubs, hundreds of youngsters enjoyed a safe night's clubbing in Felixstowe.

FREE of the smoke filled and alcohol fuelled atmosphere normally found inside nightclubs, hundreds of youngsters enjoyed a safe night's clubbing in Felixstowe.

For three and a half hours yesterday teenagers danced the night away at The Wave nightclub at a special event called Lowbiza, a safe dance project.

Open to kids aged between 13 and 17-years-old from across the Suffolk Coastal district, the night provided an environment free of drugs, alcohol and tobacco but with plenty of music to keep them dancing and partying.

The event was organised by the Lowbiza Partnership which includes Suffolk Police, Suffolk Coastal District Council, Suffolk Health, Millennium Volunteers and The Wave.

Another part of the aim of Lowbiza, the first event of its kind to be held in Felixstowe, was to promote awareness of issues affecting young people and information on a variety of subjects such as sexual health were available.

And though it was staged at the seafront nightclub in Felixstowe it was by no means exclusive to the town's teenagers from across the region, as far afield as Aldeburgh, Saxmundham and Framlingham, being bussed in to make the most of the night.

There was also the opportunity for some of the youngsters to go home with more than tired feet. A cash donation from Sizewell Power Stations provided the means for a number of goodies and giveaways to be handed out.

Everyone attending was entered into a draw to win a colour television and personal CD player.

Lowbiza events started in the Waveney District Council area and regularly attract up to 600 youngsters.

They were set up in a bid to counteract problems such as lack of social facilities, poor transport, particularly in rural areas, and poor relations with police officers on the beat.

They aim to allow youngsters to have a fun night out with their mates in a safe environment and provide an event which could reduce nuisance type incidents and youth offending.

Organisers of last night's Lowbiza hope to stage three events a year.

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