October 31 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Hundreds of people have enjoyed an annual music festival in Beccles that had faced being cancelled.
On Saturday the seventh Harvest Moon Music Festival took place at Beccles Quay with a dozen bands and performers entertaining the large crowds.
The event started at noon and ran until 9pm with bands and acts such as 15-year-old singer and guitarist Maizie Walsh, One Too Many, El Gatos Men, the River Hundred Folk Band and The Osborne Files taking to the main stage.
During the day families and music lovers could be seen enjoying the sounds of the festival as they sat out in the sunshine on blankets and had picnics and enjoyed ice creams.
As well as the main stage acts, there were also children’s games, face painting and craft stalls.
Jula Janney, who is one of the organisers and the grandmother of Maizie Walsh, was delighted to see so many people had turned out for the free festival.
She said: “I think we had about 500 people throughout the festival, which is higher than normal. We were really lucky to have had lovely weather.
“The overspill carpark and main carpark were full.
“All the bands and performers were brilliant and people got up and enjoyed dancing to them.
“We have had some very positive feedback.
“People said it was a chilled and very relaxed day and the groups were all good.”
In April it was reported on how the popular festival had been saved from the brink.
A rallying call for volunteers had been issued after the organisers of the event, officers of Beccles Community Arts, stood down at an annual meeting at the beginning of the year, meaning there was no committee left to steer the project.
However a small group of people came forward to help run the event and make it another musical success.
The festival was set up as a way of making the most of what Beccles Quay has to offer and also promote local performers.
The annual event is part of a wider plan to build a community stage at the quay.