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Stradbroke Festifull going from strength to strength

Stradbroke, Suffolk. Stradbroke Festival at Wilby Road Playing Fields   - Wuffa Saxon/Viking Re-Enactment Group ANL-140629-161704009

Stradbroke, Suffolk. Stradbroke Festival at Wilby Road Playing Fields - Wuffa Saxon/Viking Re-Enactment Group ANL-140629-161704009

People turned out in their hundreds despite wet weather this weekend for the fourth annual Stradbroke Festifull, described by one of the organisers as the ‘biggest’ yet.

Held at the village’s playing fields across Saturday and Sunday, more than 500 visitors, enjoyed a wide array of activities.

A sponsored dog walk kicked off proceedings, which raised more than £100 for the Dogs Trust

There were local school displays, Zumba, fire service demonstrations, a football tournament, medieval combat from Wuffa- Saxon and Viking Re-enactment Society, and an It’s a Knockout competition.

In addition, 64 teams competed in a football tournament, while the local nursery group held a graduation ceremony for their youngsters, complete with gowns, caps and certificates, ahead of joining primary school later this year.

Chairman of the organising committee Roger Turkington told the Diss Express that the event, which has taken over from the annual village fete, was well received by those who attended.

“It was very successful,” he said.

“The weather did its worst but we survived.

“Everyone that has been has said how successful they thought it was.

“We were very fortunate - we had nearly 40 stalls under cover in three marquees so they were protected from the elements.

“It has been the biggest event in terms of number of stalls and number of visitors.”

Mr Turkington, who took over as chairman of the organising committee from Don Darling this year, added that a debrief and planning meeting for next year’s instalment would take place in the next couple of weeks.

 

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