Weather can't spoil fun at music day

COME rain, wind or shine, the thousands who braved the wretched weather at this year's Ipswich Music Festival were determined the conditions would not spoil their fun.

COME rain, wind or shine, the thousands who braved the wretched weather at this year's Ipswich Music Festival were determined the conditions would not spoil their fun.

In the region of 30,000 people descended on Christchurch Park yesterday to enjoy bands, food, fairground attractions and much more.

And despite the intermittent showers and chilly gusts, the mood among the crowd was never dampened.

Organised by Ipswich Borough Council and in its 17th year, the music day continues to be a popular fixture on Suffolk's social calendar.


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Visitors, many bringing with them picnics, wine and beer, were treated to six stages of music spread throughout the park, featuring jazz, soul, blues, rock, classical, punk, dance and rap.

The more prepared brought rain coats and were ready for whatever the elements had to throw at them.

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Organiser Pauline Walker, from the Co-op Juniors who performed at the event, said: “I'm surprised there are so many people because we thought the weather might keep them away. It's a really well supported day.

“It's a perfect opportunity to have a day out enjoying free entertainment.”

Emma Daniels, 19, and partner Luke Holmes, 26, were among the crowds.

Emma, of Foxhall Road, said: “The only thing that could have been better was the weather, but the music has been wonderful.

“It's lovely for the community to join in with something which is such a happy occasion.”

Luke, of Stutton, added: “It's a great occasion in such beautiful surroundings.”

Give us your verdict on this year's Ipswich Music Day. Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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