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Woodbridge’s Beowulf Festival heralded magical success

PUBLISHED: 08:35 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:39 11 May 2018

Scruff the Plastic Dragon made by Wildlife Gadget Man Jason Alexander. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Scruff the Plastic Dragon made by Wildlife Gadget Man Jason Alexander. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

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The Beowulf festival could become a regular event in Woodbridge after it’s initial celebration was deemed a success by organisers.

Woodbridge Mayor Clare Perkins speaks before music at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRYWoodbridge Mayor Clare Perkins speaks before music at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRY

The festival was organised by outgoing Woodbridge Mayor Clare Perkins with help from Woodbridge composer Jan Pulsford and was held in lieu of a Mayor’s ball.

“It was amazing,” said Ms Perkins, “The music was magical, mystical and ethereal.

“Everybody was enthralled.”

Plans for the festival had been in the works for around 18 months.

The projections were accompanied by music by Woodbridge's Jan Pulsford. Picture: CHRIS MAPEYThe projections were accompanied by music by Woodbridge's Jan Pulsford. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Organisers had initially planned for a much smaller festival but as time went on more and more events were added to the schedule leading to a full five day festival.

The weekend began with an event at the Woodbridge Emporium book shop which featured stories, poems and songs about dragons.

It also introduced Scruff the Plastic Dragon who was created by Wildlife Gadget Man ,Jason Alexander and Bon Collins from plastic collected around the area.

As well as the Dragon evening there were live music events including sessions from a specifically created from the Marie Boat stage.

Visitors gather at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHRIS MAPEYVisitors gather at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Saturday also saw a light show projected onto the front of the Tide Mill Living Museum with the help of sponsors Holly Blue Boutique.

The show featured music and poetry written by Jan Pulsford and was accompanied by .

On Sunday author Kevin Crossley-Holland, who is renowned for his work on Beowulf, hosted a talk and book signing.

Bank Holiday saw the event move along the River Deben as festival goers walked to Sutton Hoo.

Oktoba at Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRYOktoba at Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRY

“I just wasn’t expecting it to be so fantastic, Ms Perkins, “We’ve had nothing but positive feedback.

“A massive thank you to everyone to Jan, Merlyn Bruce, Jason and Bon.

“Thank you’s to all the musicians and everyone involved in putting it on.”

After a successful weekend in the Bank Holiday sunshine Ms Perkins said that event’s success had made her think about making it a regular event in the town.

Story time with Kevin Crossley Holland at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRYStory time with Kevin Crossley Holland at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRY

As for Scruff the Plastic Dragon Ms Perkins said that he would be remaining close to the Tide Mill for the foreseeable future as a reminder of the event.

Re-enactors at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRYRe-enactors at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRY

The Beowulf Festival in Woodbridge. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRYThe Beowulf Festival in Woodbridge. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRY

Colourful costumes on show at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRYColourful costumes on show at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRY

Caswell on the Marie boat stage. Picture: CHRIS MAPEYCaswell on the Marie boat stage. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Woodbridge Mayor Clare at the Dragon evening story telling event. Picture: J BUTTONWoodbridge Mayor Clare at the Dragon evening story telling event. Picture: J BUTTON

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