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Diss pub brings soul to town

Waterfront bar staff: Kelly Perry, Stella Woods and Abbie Carpenter
Waterfront bar staff: Kelly Perry, Stella Woods and Abbie Carpenter

A pub landlady is hoping to help boost evening entertainment in Diss by introducing new soul nights.

Sarah Carpenter, licensee at The Waterfront Inn in Mere Street, decided to launch Soul on the Water after hearing the sound of some sweet soul music drifting over the Mere during Gig in the Park.

“I have wanted to bring more live music to The Waterfront for some time,” said Sarah. “Then I heard this amazing soul music from across the Mere at Gig in the Park, and a light bulb went off in my head.

“I asked the organisers who it was, and now the truly amazing Soul Riot band are playing for us and our customers during the August Bank holiday. Entry will be free”.

Sarah, who has run the Waterfront for the past nine years, is keen to see more events in the town, especially for evenings.

“We’ve had some great events this year, including the organ festival, the carnival, Gig in the Park, the cyclathon and the transport festival, which have all been inspiring.

“Perhaps we could also have things like an ice rink at Christmas or a beach made from a giant sandpit by the Mere in the summer. Children would love that.

“In the evening though, the town shuts down, and this is something that could be explored more.

“Our karaoke nights have always proved popular and, at our quiz nights, we often find we have visitors from all over the UK who happen to be in town and enjoy the evening entertainment.

“If it is successful, my plan is to have a Soul on the Water event once a month to give our customers the opportunity to hear the best soul bands and DJs to be found, and to feel soul power in our back yard, overlooking the Mere”

Soul on the Water will be on Sunday (August 26) at 6pm.

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