Popular art event back for 2008

ONE of Felixstowe's biggest summer events will go ahead after new organisers were found, it was revealed today.

ONE of Felixstowe's biggest summer events will go ahead after new organisers were found, it was revealed today.

The fifth Art on the Prom will take place on August 31 after organisers Mary and Stephen Wyatt offered their services to coordinate the day.

The event, which is held on Felixstowe's promenade, gives artists an opportunity to display and sell their work.

Last year attracted 15,000 visitors.

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Felixstowe mayor Joan Sennington paid tribute to the event's founder and previous organiser Jesse Fotherby, who pulled out of organising Art on the Prom due to other commitments.

Mrs Sennington said: “There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes.

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“Jesse did a great deal of hard work setting up and organising Art on the Prom and I would like to thank her for everything she has done.”

The 2008 Art on the Prom event will be organised by Stephen and Mary Wyatt, of Ranelagh Road.

Mrs Sennington said: “This is brilliant news and it's fantastic it is going ahead. Art on the Prom has developed into an important part of the Felixstowe calendar.

“It brings people into the town and it is very successful. There is always a lovely atmosphere and it is a lovely day for residents and visitors. I am delighted it will be happening this year.”

Mrs Wyatt, an artist herself, said: “This is a fantastic event which is great for Felixstowe as well as the artistic community. There are plans for 70 stalls, street entertainment and free art workshops.

“We have already had a lot of support from the town council and Suffolk Coastal District Council.”

Mrs Wyatt said they are currently looking for sponsorship for the event's children's art workshop.

If you would like to sponsor the event please call Mrs Wyatt on 01394 671033.

Have you been to Art On The Prom? Are you an artist who supports the event? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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