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IPSWICH: Calls have been made to bring more big name acts to Ipswich following the success of Pink’s Portman Road concert.

The firebrand songstress wowed a crowd of more than 25,000 people on Tuesday night with a selection of her best-known hits and spectacular display of visual thrills.

The gig passed off without any trouble, prompting calls that more should be done to get superstar acts performing here regularly.

In the past, acts including REM, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Rod Stewart have graced the stage at Portman Road and attracted fans from all over the region.

Liz Harsant, the leader of Ipswich Borough Council, said: “Although I’m not a fan of Pink, I’m pleased we were able to attract someone to the town who is so important to young people.

“It’s good for Ipswich and I’d love to see more acts of this calibre coming here on a regular basis.

“When Rod Stewart performed, it attracted people from miles around. This boosts the economy because they end up using the town’s restaurants and pubs.

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“I know that Bryan Adams is performing at the Regent later this year because a friend of mine was unable to get tickets. That shows the demand is definitely there.”

Police confirmed that only four arrests had been made on the night and these were all for minor offences.

The lack of trouble will also come as a boost to police who previously decided to cancel a giant World Cup screening in Chantry Park for fears over potential crowd violence.

Superintendent David Skevington at Suffolk Police said: “From a policing point of view the concert ran smoothly, was very good natured and passed with very few problems.

“It is very important for people to be patient when there is an event such as this, especially when entering and exiting the arena.

“We are pleased to say, that even with the warm conditions, the majority of people demonstrated excellent behaviour and this led to an enjoyable evening for everyone who attended.

“The event was well run, well organised and managed to a very high standard. We would welcome more events such as this being held at this venue in the future.”

REM performed at Portman Road in 2005, Red Hot Chili Peppers put on an electric show in 2006 and Rod Stewart attracted huge crowds at his concert in 2007.

n What did you think about Pink’s performance? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

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