Traffic wardens can’t dent Downham Market Festival spirit

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A church service helped to bring the 40th Downham Festival to a close for another year following a busy and well supported week.

The people behind Downham Festival were thrilled with the town’s response to the scores of events which were held throughout the week.

But the committee has had complaints about West Norfolk Council’s parking wardens issuing tickets on cars during the procession on Monday last week.

Committee member Fr Alan Davies said: “It has been a good festival, we do it with limited resources these days but it went pretty well.

“The only sour note was the borough council sending traffic wardens down on the procession. You don’t expect it on a bank holiday or a public event.

“ It has irritated a few people in the town.”

Scores of people supported the Diamond House coffee morning, which was held in the town hall on Friday.

The event raised £115.50 for outings and treats for residents.

Organiser Elizabeth Church said: “It was absolutely fantastic.”

Southfields Community Centre laid on cream teas for the town in the afternoon.

Downham and District Churches Together organised a special service to celebrate business on Sunday in the town’s methodist church.

Talks were given by Maureen Hibling, Fraser Reich and Mike Bennett.

The service was taken by the Rev Karen Burnett-Hall and the Rev Maurice Stafford.