Huge praise for area’s newest gig

Weather, music, traffic, laughs and a good-natured crowd combined to create the perfect festival event at the weekend. Hektor Rous, the man behind the Henham Estate where the Latitude Festival was held for the first time, said he could not have asked for a better event.

Weather, music, traffic, laughs and a good-natured crowd combined to create the perfect festival event at the weekend.

Hektor Rous, the man behind the Henham Estate where the Latitude Festival was held for the first time, said he could not have asked for a better event.

The 26-year-old said there had been much he had wanted to see but had not been able to - thanks in part to the crowds filling many of the venue tents.

"It has been a fantastic event," said the Australian host who had 10,000 people flocking on to his land over the three days.

"The weather was just ridiculously good," he said. "And the whole thing went so beautifully. I am very, very happy.

"Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, although I didn't get to see as much as I would have liked to.

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"Some of the security people were amazed at how little trouble there was and that people were actually clearing up after themselves," he added. "The next thing we have to prepare for is the Grand Henham Steam Rally."

Lisa Miller, a spokesman for Suffolk police, said there had been no reports of traffic problems and very little for police to get involved with. "There were just a few reports of minor thefts," she said. "It all went off very quietly in the end - or at least as quiet as a festival can be."

Reports from neighbouring towns suggested the festival had been very well received.

Alan Holzer, chairman of Halesworth Town Council, said the gossip he heard suggested Latitude had been good for the town.

"What I'm hearing from the pubs and the businesses is that having Latitude has been very welcome," he said.

Dates for next year's Latitude Festival are expected to be announced soon.