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TENS of thousands of people descended on the town at the weekend to celebrate the history and culture of Ipswich in glorious sunshine.

An estimated 60,000 people turned out to the Waterfront for the second ever Maritime Ipswich festival, which saw historical re-enactments, stalls, fireworks and rides keeping everyone entertained.

Organisers of the two-day event were adamant they would be able to top last year’s extravaganza, and today they insisted they have shown off what is best about the town.

Paul Clement, chief executive of Ipswich Central, said: “Ipswich really was at its best this weekend. We have an incredible town and Maritime Ipswich demonstrated this to its fullest.

“And it’s not all over. Celebrate Ipswich runs until Friday, with offers and treats still to be had in the town centre via Ipswich VIP, and Picnic on the Plaza will be returning on the Cornhill on Wednesday.”

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Among the attractions at the event, which was part of the Celebrate Ipswich festival, was a Second World War exhibition, street entertainers and plenty of food stalls.

The Ipswich Beer Festival, now in its 30th year and located at the waterfront for the second time, was also packed over the four days.

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British beers and ciders, as well as German and Belgian brews, were all on offer as the festival boasted nearly 200 different drinks.

And there were plenty events going on throughout the town with historical figures including Cardinal Wolsey walking the streets and a weekend market in the Saints area.

Cathy Frost, owner of LoveOne and organiser of the market along St Peter’s Street, said: “We have had such a fantastic reception. The weather has been fabulous and it’s been great to see such a good turnout. There’s a real feel good atmosphere in the town.”

Carole Jones, economic development and planning portfolio holder for Ipswich Borough Council, said: “What a fabulous weekend it was on the Waterfront and throughout the town centre.

“The Maritime Ipswich Festival was a great success and I would like to thank our events team for putting it on and all the businesses who supported it.

“The Waterfront is a great venue for a celebration and this event came in the middle of a fantastic summer for Ipswich.”

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