Organisers celebrate another Great Festival for Thetford

Chris Kennard from Shadwell, and Mayor of Thetford Terry Jermy with an entrant in the Shadwell Estat

Chris Kennard from Shadwell, and Mayor of Thetford Terry Jermy with an entrant in the Shadwell Estate’s ‘Hare-Brained’ Schools Art Competition, part of Thetford's Great Festival. - Credit: Archant

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.

Thetford's Great Festival 2016.

Thetford's Great Festival 2016. - Credit: Archant

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.

Corinne Fulford, Elizabeth Truss MP and Mayor of Thetford Terry Jermy with Dad's Army reenactors dur

Corinne Fulford, Elizabeth Truss MP and Mayor of Thetford Terry Jermy with Dad's Army reenactors during Thetford's Great Festival. - Credit: Archant

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.

An open day at the Charles Burrell Centre as part of Thetford's Great Festival.

An open day at the Charles Burrell Centre as part of Thetford's Great Festival. - Credit: Archant

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.'

The Euston Ramblers at on the Euston Park Walk as part of Thetford's Great Festival 2016.

The Euston Ramblers at on the Euston Park Walk as part of Thetford's Great Festival 2016. - Credit: Archant

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