Organisers celebrate another Great Festival for Thetford
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Organisers of a market town festival are celebrating a top show from this year's performers as they plan to make the event 'bigger and better' for 2017.
Actors and musicians had a good showing at Thetford's Great Festival, putting on some of the most popular entertainments over the two-week event.
Highlights included an outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Lynford Hall, the brand new Folk in the Garden afternoon at King's House, and shows by CBeebies' The Three Half Pints and previous festival performers Fine Time Theatre.
After being rained off last year there was sunshine for the annual Anglo-Sikh cricket match, which saw Thetford Invitational XI beat The Young Lions from Nottingham to secure the Prince Frederick Duleep Singh Cup.
The town's 100th Parkrun also took place during the festival.
Organisers at the town council praised the success of the River Day on Butten Island, a new event which drew together musicians, ramblers, students from the Music Arts Project (MAP), Thetford's model boat club and the RSPB among other community groups.
The fortnight finished with a busy open day at the Charles Burrell Centre, with taster sessions in Pilates, first aid, athletics and art classes.
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Centre manager Mark Snowdon said: 'The centre has come on leaps and bounds. It's something that Thetford can really be proud of.'
Off the back of the festival's success, organisers have said that in 2017 it may comprise a summer programme of events taking place over a number of months.
Town clerk Tina Cunnell said: 'We stepped out of the box with some things we had not done before, so it is good that it came off.
'I think we could do it bigger and better.'
Mayor of Thetford Terry Jermy said: 'Thetford's Great Festival was a tremendous success this year with a wide variety of events and activities enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike. I personally attended 39 of the 59 events and saw first hand the dedication that people put into organising what was put on.
'My thanks to everyone that worked so hard to put on the festival this year and to everyone that attended and supported the activities.'