Bury St Edmunds's St John's Street Festival could return this year
Crowds danced in Bury St Edmunds’s most diverse street as a one day party returned after five years.
St John’s Street Festival, staged on Saturday for the first time since 2014, was hailed a ‘resounding success’.
Rosie Hunter, owner of Curtain Hunters and Vinyl Hunter, helped organise the event alongside Our Bury St Edmunds and councillors Kevin Hind and Julia Wakelam.
Mrs Hunter said more than 1,000 made use of sunny weather to enjoy the stalls, street food, live music, street performers and theatre acts.
“After such a positive turnout, many asked for another festival,” she said. “So this will hopefully only be the start for what will be a regular annual event for St John’s Street.
“There are plans in place for another event later this year.”
Bury-based radio station RWSfm broadcast from the street, while classic cars were on display.
Mrs Hunter continued: “The shops and businesses in St John’s Street certainly know how to throw a party and celebrate that independents are here to stay.”
Paul Brown, owner of Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, in St John’s Street, said: “It couldn’t have gone better. The weather held up and it was an amazing day from start to finish. Given the success I think we should consider doing it more than once a year as it is a great way of advertising the street and the fantastic selection of independents we have on it.”
Chloe Hailstone, owner of Micks Cycles, added: "The street had a great festival vibe. The shop turnout was amazing, as was the footfall. There was something for everyone. Massive thanks and congratulations to Rosie. We also had a bake sale for Cancer Research and raised £235.59."
For more pictures, make sure to buy the Bury Free Press this Friday (June 21).