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Gallery: Ipswich rocks as music festival continues

PUBLISHED: 14:08 29 June 2014 | UPDATED: 14:08 29 June 2014

Jessie J performs at Blinkbox Music East Coast Live at Ipswich's Chantry Park. Photo: Jen O'Neill

Jessie J performs at Blinkbox Music East Coast Live at Ipswich's Chantry Park. Photo: Jen O'Neill

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Okay, the weather wasn’t great, especially the first day when I thought I may have to fashion a boat out of discarded rubbish and start gathering the artists two by two.

But if you were at Blinkbox Music East Coast Live yesterday or were heading to McBusted today you’ll know it didn’t stop anybody enjoying some of the biggest names in pop.

I saw grey-haired grans get down with the trumpets during Rizzle Kicks’ energetic set and youngsters risk permanently damaging their vocal chords when Union J and The Vamps came on stage.

An estimated 30,000-plus had packed into Ipswich’s Chantry Park, with tens of thousands more heading to Chantry Park today.

Alexa Goddard ignored the torrential downpour, getting the crowd going and setting the tone for the acts to follow. New groups Rixton and Neon Jungle made the most of their sets too.

It was great to see Katy B back and the engaging Jason Derulo made sure we all kept warm by encouraging us to “wiggle it”.

The Saturdays deserved applause for their cold weather defying outfits alone with Jessie J’s electric set highlighting why she was the headliner.

Owning the stage from the first note, everybody was on their feet as Jessie really showed why she’s one of the biggest names in showbusiness right now.

Making sure we weren’t too wet and cold, we joined her to sing happy birthday to one of her crew before dancing the rest of the night away.

Listen to my chats with some of the acts by visiting @WhatsonWayne on Twitter and clicking the links.

All the latest updates on whether Highways England plans to close the Orwell Bridge.

A damning report into the failings of a mental health facility in Essex plunged it into special measures for the second time – prompting bosses to close the service.

Ipswich Hospital bosses should be proud of the services they provide, a health watchdog’s chief inspector said as he gave the trust glowing feedback in a new report.

Oliver Sheppard, 28, of Park Road in Clacton, was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on January 16 after pleading guilty there on January 8.

One man was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

Concerns had been raised about safety in the area

Nearly nine nurses a day are leaving the NHS across the East of England, new figures reveal.

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