There was a party atmosphere in Bury St Edmunds yesterday as the town’s annual festival took hold for its second day.
Highlights included street performers in the Abbey Gardens, with hundreds of spectators enjoying the free entertainment on offer while sitting in the sun.
One of the performers, Bruce Airhead, said he was delighted to be back in Bury.
“It was fantastic. I’ve been here before and it’s a pleasure to perform.
“The crowds are so up for it and the setting is so nice.”
One of Bruce’s special helpers was six-year-old Noah Oliver from Cockfield.
He said it was “really fun” to watch and help out while his mum Nicola and sister Millie, 10, watched on in the audience as Bruce wowed the spectators with his unusual act involving a giant balloon.
Lisa Gibbs, from Bury St Edmunds, who was at the event with her husband Darren and five-year-old daughter Florence said: “It was really entertaining, it kept my little one captured.”
On the idea of free entertainment in the town Mrs Gibbs added: “It’s fantastic, we wish we’d come down earlier.”
Artheads, a ‘not-for-profit’ voluntary organisation based in Bury St Edmunds, were also in town running a number of workshops.
Based in front of the Apex, the group created a large collaborative art work, while musicians from the group performed.
They also gave creative writing and drawing experiences to both young and old alike.
Nick Wells, the Festival’s manager, said he was delighted with the response so far, with Nigel Kennedy’s performance at the Apex described as a incredible start to the nine days of events.
“It’s been brilliant. We have had huge crowds all day.
“It’s been really nice talking to the performers. They all love coming to Bury and the Bury public are very warm
“The punters and the performers are happy so it’s all good.”
The festival continues today and right through to Sunday, May 29, throughout the town.
For details of all the events taking place visit www.buryfestival.co.uk/whats-on/2016/05.