Bury St Edmunds Festival hailed a ‘real success’

Audience members enjoying West Suffolk's young jazzers performance in The Apex bar on Sunday
Audience members enjoying West Suffolk's young jazzers performance in The Apex bar on Sunday
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After 10 fun-filled days of music, art, drama and film, this year’s Bury St Edmunds Festival was brought to a close on Sunday.

The popular event – which saw at least one guest travel from as far away as America – was enjoyed by festival-goers and musicians alike and has been hailed ‘a real success’ by organisers.

Wesy Suffolk's young jazzers play great big band music in The Apex bar

Wesy Suffolk's young jazzers play great big band music in The Apex bar

Nick Wells, festival manager, said: “We had hit all of our financial targets before the festival started and then once it was under way, the response from the audiences and performers alike has been extraordinary.

“Everything I saw was of the very highest quality and of the few events I didn’t get to I received great feedback and have regularly been stopped in the street by people telling me how much they have enjoyed what they have seen.”

He added: “Although we have a busy year-round programme at The Apex, festivals are wonderful things and lots of people throw themselves into it with great gusto attending many events and trying things they wouldn’t normally have gone to.

“Festivals also help to attract people to come and visit our beautiful town, and no-one travelled further than a lady who flew in from America purely to see John Williams play at The Apex – she really did fly in one day, see the concert and fly back the next.”

Sarah Moule, supported by pianist Simon Wallace, during their Songs For Scarlet Women show last Wednesday

Sarah Moule, supported by pianist Simon Wallace, during their Songs For Scarlet Women show last Wednesday

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