Youngsters help themselves to new club

HIP hop and hard house could soon be echoing from a community hall in a town famous for its tranquil, picturesque riverside.Dancers, DJs, bouncers and a massive sound and lighting rig will fill Woodbridge's community hall as local company Extreme Sound Promotions hold a trial club night, 'Razz-matazz', on February 14.

HIP hop and hard house could soon be echoing from a community hall in a town famous for its tranquil, picturesque riverside.

Dancers, DJs, bouncers and a massive sound and lighting rig will fill Woodbridge's community hall as local company Extreme Sound Promotions hold a trial club night, 'Razz-matazz', on February 14.

The five-strong team are all aged between 18 and 26, and believe it is time more was provided for young people in the area.

General manager Alex Hines, 22, said: "It's about helping other people to get the same vibe out of music that we do.

"The reaction has been very positive so far. We all grew up in Woodbridge and Felixstowe so we know the demand is there."

The group aim to showcase the talents of up and coming local DJs.

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Stage manager Tim Havard, 26, said: "We want to help people get out of the bedroom and on to the stage. We all DJ a bit ourselves so we know what it's like when you're trying to get that first break. "When we've been out in the pubs promoting it, people can't believe what we're doing. A club night in Woodbridge is unheard of."

Mr Havard said: "Obviously people are going to be concerned about this kind of thing happening in Woodbridge but we won't tolerate any trouble. We will have bouncers on the door and in the hall. It will be over 18s only and there will be a strict no-drugs policy."

The group have been through a lengthy process to secure a license for the event and have the full support of local police.

Woodbridge sector commander Insp Ben Cook said: "It seems like a great opportunity. It will allow young DJs to get themselves seen in a more public arena and I don't see any cause for concern."

Councillor for the area, Neil Montgomery, is also the town's mayor. He said: "I have no objections to young people enjoying themselves provided it doesn't interfere with other people that are not at the party. I wish them well."

Are you a young person living in this area who would like to see more similar events? Or are you worried about the disruption it might cause in the town? Write in to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk or visit the forum at www.eveningstar.co.uk

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