Record book bid for port town

RAISING funds for good causes will be an essential part of Felixstowe's golden jubilee music festival – plus a bid to earn a place in the record books.

By Richard Cornwell

RAISING funds for good causes will be an essential part of Felixstowe's golden jubilee music festival – plus a bid to earn a place in the record books.

As part of the big event, a non-stop 50-plus hour sponsored DJ marathon is being held at the resort, with all cash raised going to Hospital Radio Ipswich and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The marathon, which is being staged at Lixs nightclub in Sea Road, kicks off the weekend when it starts on Saturday at 8pm.

It will run until 1am on Tuesday, June 4, with DJs keeping the music going continuously and people will be able to pop in and relax and see how it is going. It is hoped it creates a record for the Guinness Book of Records.

The hospital radio station will also be doing a 30-hour continuous roadshow as part of the event – featuring a variety of music, including disco through the decades, hits of the 50s, 60s and 70s, and the kings and queens of music from the last 50 years.

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Lixs will also be providing another important facility over the weekend – a motor bike and helmet park at the rear of its premises.

This will be especially useful for the bikers on the day of the main BBC Music Live event on Monday, June 3, when 35,000 people are expected to visit the resort for the special day.

Park-and-ride schemes will operate from Trimley Sports and Social Club, and three sites on the edge of Felixstowe port – Anzani House in Trinity Avenue, land in Parker Avenue, and sites in Walton Avenue – a map showing these will be published in the Evening Star tomorrow.

Extra parking will also be provided in Langer Park in Langer Road, at Schlumberger in Carr Road, Wireless Green, and at other sites.

All the town's public car parks will be open as usual – except for Convalescent Hill on the seafront.

The 11-hour £24,000 extravaganza kicks off at midday and will feature more than 60 live bands playing a wide variety of music.

The seafront will be transformed into a "musical mile" with bands playing on 16 stages – eight main ones and eight smaller ones – stretching from East Beach, Undercliff Road East, to the funfair in Sea Road.

There will also be family entertainment – an air display, It's a Knock-out, a karaoke marathon, fireworks, dancing and street entertainers – during the day.

n Teams are still needed for the fancy dress It's a Knock-out contest, which is to be filmed and shown live by BBC TV. Further information from Les Arbon on 07880 976 788.

WEBLINKS

www.bbc.co.uk/musiclive

www.vinkoentertainment.com/golden_jubilee_in_felixstowe.htm