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Jeramiah Ferrari learn what it’s like to ‘be big in Reepham’

PUBLISHED: 16:15 13 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:15 13 August 2017

The Reepham Festival was sold out for the sixth consecutive year. Walkway. Pictures: Kate White

The Reepham Festival was sold out for the sixth consecutive year. Walkway. Pictures: Kate White

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It was sold out for the sixth consecutive year, and everyone went home happy again from the Reepham Summer Music Festival.

The Reepham Festival was sold out for the sixth consecutive year. Limehouse Lizzy. Pictures: Kate WhiteThe Reepham Festival was sold out for the sixth consecutive year. Limehouse Lizzy. Pictures: Kate White

The 2017 event, which was headlined by Two Tone ska stars The Beat, marked a decade since this grassroots festival was created by a group of music-loving town locals.

Over its 10-year history the non-profit event has given the community a wonderful weekend of entertainment and raised thousands for local good causes.

The festival has been expanded to two days but still offers an intimate laidback musical experience in the beautiful Norfolk countryside.

It stages a mix of established names, top tribute bands and upcoming young performers.

The Reepham Festival was sold out for the sixth consecutive year. Jeramiah Ferrari is a rock/ska/funk band from Manchester. Pictures: Kate WhiteThe Reepham Festival was sold out for the sixth consecutive year. Jeramiah Ferrari is a rock/ska/funk band from Manchester. Pictures: Kate White

And the diverse music programme on two stages ranged from acoustic to alternative, blues, classical, Celtic, folk, jazz, pop and rock.

PR spokesman Kate White said: “It was sold out again, for the sixth year running.

“Jeramiah Ferrari, a rock/ska/funk band from Manchester, debuted last year, and were the smash hit of the festival. They returned this year to headline on the second stage, and were met with rapturous applause.

“They said Reepham was the next place after Manchester where they were best known. They’re big in Reepham.

“Beat were fantastic and got the whole crowd up on their feet. Walkway did an epic set and stood in for one of the late acts.

“The weather was pretty good. It was also the last year for the Reepham Raptors Motorcycle Club - their swansong after 10 years.”

Legendary 2-Toners The Beat featuring Ranking Roger headlined Rookery Meadow, Reepham on Saturday, and the festival moved to Whitwell & Reepham Station on Sunday.

The line-up also included the long-awaited return of Thin Lizzy tribute band Limehouse Lizzy and Norfolk festival favourites rock band Walkway,

The programme, which was 20 acts strong in total, also included more chilled-out acoustic performers appearing at St Mary’s Church in the town.

Festival director Steve Jenkins said: “It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years already. Each year, our team work tirelessly to put it all together. When we dreamt up this crazy idea in the pub one evening, we never imagined it would end up being such a great success.”

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