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Woodbridge: Town-wide festival enjoys first year success

PUBLISHED: 09:15 11 August 2014 | UPDATED: 09:19 11 August 2014

Woodbridge Music and Art Event at Elmhurst Park. Robert Castellani.

Woodbridge Music and Art Event at Elmhurst Park. Robert Castellani.

A new music and arts festival enjoyed its inaugural outing this weekend – and by all accounts it could not have gone better.

Organisers are hopeful the Woodbridge Music and Arts event will make an assured return to next year.

Bands, solo artist and DJs performed at venues across the town, including Elmhurst Park, Market Hill and the community hall.

The line-up featured Mercury Prize nominated five-piece Polar Bear, jazz-funk act Red Snapper, late 1980s Glastonbury headliners The Woodentops and London-based rapper Ty, who even delayed his train home to enjoy some more of the event.

Ben Osborne, event organiser and founder of music and art collective Noise of Art, said: “The whole town has been really busy and will hopefully benefit from the event. Participating pubs were packed and I think it could be the start of something really great.

“There was an automatic assumption among people that this was the first year of the event and that it would happen again. We’re already planning for next year.”

Highways bosses have announced they will be carrying out a series of improvements to the road network across Suffolk and north Essex this week.

Police have arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with an incident that caused armed officers to swoop on Ipswich town centre tonight.

Drivers in Woodbridge have faced long delays this afternoon after a major route through the town became flooded.

Kebab fans will be excited to hear a new fast food outlet that prides itself on making top quality versions of the takeaway staple is opening in Ipswich soon.

Firefighters were sent to tackle a blaze that broke out in a flat in Ipswich this afternoon.

Colchester MP Will Quince has described a knife attack in the town that left a teenager seriously hurt as “deeply alarming”.

The shocking prevalence of rape in Ipswich has been uncovered in an EADT and Star investigation.

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