Popular Beccles festival is saved but still needs more volunteers

People enjoying last year's Harvest Moon Music Festival in Beccles.

People enjoying last year's Harvest Moon Music Festival in Beccles. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A popular Beccles event has been saved from the brink after a call for help from community-minded people.

But the Harvest Moon Music Festival planned for Saturday, August 9, still needs volunteers to help move it forward.

The festival has been held at Beccles Quay for the past six years to provide a showcase for up-and-coming talent.

But the organisers of the event stood down at the last annual general meeting leaving no committee to steer the project.

Caroline Walsh, the only remaining member of the original committee, called on people to come forward and save the event, with a small group emerging keen to keep the festival alive.

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Now there are hopes of attracting extra helpers to strengthen a new committee, meaning hopes of building a bandstand at the Quay are not lost.

Jula Janney stood down as secretary during a past meeting but is still prepared to help.

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She said: 'The more people that can help the better, so we can take this forward to do what we want to do. If we could get three or four other people to help it would be enough to be able to run the event properly.

'It's a great chance for local bands to have a platform to perform, but it doesn't have to be a band, it can be a recital, anything, but it's an opportunity to play on a stage.'

Mrs Janney said that, now parts of the Quay were to be managed by the town council, it was possible that the idea of rejuvenating the quayside with a community stage and park area could be within reach.

'When that happens we can start talking to people properly and try to promote it, the signals are already good.

'It would be wonderful if we could have outside performances there, perhaps from the Waveney Light Opera Group, Public Hall, children's parties, Christmas concerts, weddings, anything, it could be a lovely backdrop.

'At the moment there is a piece of grass and some swings, but it needs to be made into a proper park with a place to sit and enjoy the area.'

The Harvest Moon Festival begins at noon and will include a beer tent selling real ales, food and craft stalls, face painting and much more.

If you could like to perform call Mrs Janney on 01502 717098 (evenings), Caroline Walsh on 01502 717959 or email jula.janney@beccles.info or carolineandadam@live.co.uk

• If you would like to help with the festival the next meeting is on April 24, at Beccles Caxton Club, at 7.30pm.

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