Bury St Edmunds: Town centre party has everyone up dancing

VISITORS to Bury St Edmunds were literally dancing in the streets at the weekend as they celebrated summer in the heart of the historic town centre.

As part of the Churchgate Showcase ‘Big Street Dance’ on Saturday, groups representing styles of dance from far-flung parts of the world performed in and around Hatter Street, Whiting Street, Langton Place and Churchgate Street.

There were high-kicking Irish dancers, exotic Chinese dragon dancers, and a local student dance group from King Edward VI Upper School.

In keeping with Bury’s link to the 2012 Olympics as host town for the Rwandan athletes, a highlight of the day was a performance by a group of dancers from Rwanda.

After the street shows, those who found the energy to try a few moves themselves were able to attend a barn dance at the Athenaeum on Saturday evening.

And the dancing didn’t cease on the Sunday either, with a slightly slower-paced tea dance at the Hunter Club, in Guildhall Street, led by the Ballroom Experience Company.

The weekend was not all about dance though. All kinds of musical tastes were also catered for, with performances by Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, the Aquarius Singers and a ‘60s sing-along with James Hogg.

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Throughout the weekend a variety of stalls and activities organised by residents and businesses in the area showed off the best of what the town centre has to offer.

The first Churchgate Showcase, which was the idea of local woman Marian Shaw, took place last summer and was so popular that it looks set to become a treasured annual event. It is backed by the Churchgate Area Association.

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