Gallery: Crowds enjoy grooving at Music on the Green in Martlesham

A FESTIVAL atmosphere filled the air as a community converged to enjoy a musical marathon and the rare sight of sunshine.

Martlesham’s Music on the Green, billed as Suffolk’s very own mini-Glastonbury festival, celebrated its 12th anniversary in style, raising thousands of pounds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

With 12 hours of non-stop music, residents enjoyed listening to the array of bands performing with the sun beating down for the duration.

With an eclectic mix of music across the two stages including jazz, punk and soul, the entertainment struck the right chord with music- lovers.

The festival began as a small village fete, but over the years the gate numbers have continued to reach into the thousands.

In previous years, the future of the musical spectacular was thrown into doubt due to rising costs. This year’s event was able to go ahead thanks to an army of volunteers.

Reveller Chris McDermott, who has been attending the event since it began 12 years ago, said: “It was a perfect summer day. The sun was shining and combined with the music it was great.”

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The event kicked off at 7am with a car boot sale attracting hundreds of bargain hunters.

Music-lovers set up camp on the green, while smiling children frolicked around, enjoying the amusements, rides and stalls.

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