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Hundreds enjoy first live music festival in Downham Market




A buskers trail, workshops and a variety of live music events were part of a West Norfolk town’s inaugural festival over the weekend.

The first ever Downham Market Live event, organised by Downham Town Council, saw hundreds of people enjoy music and activities throughout the town, from Friday to Sunday.

Organisers say they hope to bring the event back again next year.

Downham Market Live Music Event in the Town Saturday, on the town square. with buskers also around the town for people to listen too.. (18183600)
Downham Market Live Music Event in the Town Saturday, on the town square. with buskers also around the town for people to listen too.. (18183600)

Liz Pendleton said: “The positive response from residents of Downham Market has been overwhelming. So many kind comments and genuinely lovely feedback has been received from all involved and many residents and visitors to the town.”

She added that, as a small committee, it was “incredibly hard work” to put on the event and they worked in their spare time to coordinate more than 40 performers in 20 locations.

“But it was all completely worth it,” she added.

“The lottery community fund made it much easier, but it was the support of local organisations and businesses, along with the dedicated volunteers in the community who really made it possible.”

The Big Gig, a ticketed event, rounded off Saturday’s line-up with music from The Shackleton Trio, The People Versus and headliners Gentlemen of Few.

A spokeswoman for Downham Town Council said: “It went down a treat, it really was a very, very successful event. The town council was really pleased to be involved.”

Provisional dates for next year are September 18 to 20.



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