Town gets behind Dereham Blues Festival

The Mojo Preachers performing at the Dereham Blues Festival. Picture: Ian Burt

The Mojo Preachers performing at the Dereham Blues Festival. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

There were fears last year that Dereham Blues Festival might not continue due to a lack of volunteers.

The Mojo Preachers performing at the Dereham Blues Festival. Picture: Ian Burt

The Mojo Preachers performing at the Dereham Blues Festival. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

But, thanks an emphatic community response, the sounds of the American deep south could once again be enjoyed in the heart of Norfolk.

Anyone who closed their eyes in Dereham at the weekend could have thought they were in Memphis, Tennessee as blues music rang out from the bars, beer gardens and streets of the Norfolk town.

Forty seven bands played at 16 venues between Thursday and Sunday.

Dereham Blues Festival co-founder and organiser Doreen Aitken said: 'The festival has been brilliant this year and the support from the town has been fantastic. Dereham has come up trumps.'

The Mojo Preachers performing at the Dereham Blues Festival. Picture: Ian Burt

The Mojo Preachers performing at the Dereham Blues Festival. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt