First-ever Bury Folk Festival is a hit with hundreds of visitors

An appreciative crowd enjoying the entertainment at the first Bury Folk Festival held in the walled

An appreciative crowd enjoying the entertainment at the first Bury Folk Festival held in the walled garden at Nowton Park on Saturday. Bury Folk Collective chairman Brian Kew who performed with twelve-year-old Francesca Akehurst - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people visited Nowton Park for a folk festival’s inaugural event at the weekend.

Bury Folk Festival was set in a walled Victorian garden in the park, on the outskirts of Bury, on Saturday.

Brian Kew, from organising group Bury Folk Collective, said discussions to start the event had been going on for decades.

At 10am the music finally got under way, with 18 acts taking to the festival’s single stage.

Mr Kew said: “The reaction we got was good and the atmosphere was fantastic, which is what we were really aiming for – if you get the atmosphere right for a folk festival then everything else comes together.

“The majority of the performers come from around the area, we had some from Thetford, one from near Woodbridge at Bawdsey.”

The event is set to run again next year, but Mr Kew said he did not want the festival to get too big and lose its intimate atmosphere.

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Bury’s own Oakes Barn pub ran a real ales bar at the event.