Ipswich: Record number of visitors head to Maritime Festival
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The weekend’s Ipswich Maritime Festival attracted a record 70,000 visitors to the Waterfront.
The three-day event pulled in 10,000 more visitors than came to the event last year – when it was held over two rather than three days.
Even the wet weather on Saturday did not put off visitors – organisers say 15,000 turned up on that day despite the drizzle and heavier rain.
The festival, part of the week-long Celebrate Ipswich, was organised by Ipswich Central and the borough council.
Council culture spokeswoman Bryony Rudkin said: “It was a happy and excellent festival that is growing in size and stature.
“Maritime Ipswich gives a really positive feeling about the town. There was so much to do and so much to see and I want to thank everyone who put it together. This is another example of how we are putting Ipswich on the tourist map.”
Paul Clement from Ipswich Central said: “It’s fantastic news for businesses that so many visitors have come to Ipswich.
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“The concept of Celebrate Ipswich is to showcase the town as its very best to visitors. With the Spruce-up week before and the fantastic engagement we had from over 200 businesses during the week of celebrate the whole town was given a fantastic festival feel.
“This festival feeling spilled into the weekend and despite the weather on Saturday I am delighted that record numbers have still flocked to East Anglia’s Waterfront Town Centre over the whole weekend.”