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Glorious first attempt for village event

PUBLISHED: 18:12 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 11:30 03 July 2010

OPENING SPEECH: Mayor and mayoress Terry and Jenny Easter.

OPENING SPEECH: Mayor and mayoress Terry and Jenny Easter.

Miles Jermy

THE Sun had his hat on providing some glorious weather for the first ever Hemsby Village Festival at the weekend.

Crowds flocked to the two day event opened by Mayor and Mayoress Terry and Jenny Easter.

THE Sun had his hat on providing some glorious weather for the first ever Hemsby Village Festival at the weekend.

Crowds flocked to the two day event opened by Mayor and Mayoress Terry and Jenny Easter.

Around 2,500 visitors packed the village playing field, despite the competing attractions of Gorleston's Cliff Top Gala and the Worstead Festival.

Young and old enjoyed musical performances, dance displays and a special summer show from the Hemsby Harlequins.

There was plenty of money raised for good causes by a host of charity stalls and profits from the festival are being donated to the Coastal Villages First Responders and East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Entertainer Barrie Thornton, who organised the festival with Hemsby Sports and Social Club, said: “For a first attempt it was absolutely amazing and a really good weekend.

“The weather was absolutely superb with people sitting on the grass eating strawberries and cream and soaking up the sun.

“There were full houses for the Hemsby Harlequins Summer Show and the Rock and Roll Rascals and the Isis Egyptian dancers were very colourful and took everyone by surprise.

“We are already preparing for next year's event and I am sure it will go from strength to strength.”

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