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First festival success

PUBLISHED: 15:06 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:39 07 July 2010

Two years of hard work and planning paid off as one of Norfolk's most historic market towns staged its first music festival.

Reepham8 Summer Festival on Saturday brought together everything from folk to soul, jazz to classical and blues to rock.

Two years of hard work and planning paid off as one of Norfolk's most historic market towns staged its first music festival.

Reepham8 Summer Festival on Saturday brought together everything from folk to soul, jazz to classical and blues to rock.

Venues around the town were used for the performers, who travelled to Reepham from all over the country to take part.

The Market Place and Jan's Field were the open air venues and the Brewery House, King's Arms, town hall, high school, St Mary's Church, St Michael's Church, Bircham Centre garden, Rays Hall, Lucy Arts and Norfolk Country Cottages were also alive with music and other entertainment as organisers achieved their goal of making it a truly community event.

As well as the live music, there were also workshops, plus stalls in the Market Place, street entertainment and exhibitions featuring a wide range of artists including Thai fine art, ceramicist, poet, photographers and potter.

The festival organising group - chaired by Steve Jenkins - was made up of local enthusiasts, business people and residents.

It is hoped it will become an annual event and raised money for charities and good causes including the East Anglian air ambulance, RNLI, Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust, Reepham Patient Care Fund and Reepham Nursery.

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