Beacon lighting and fire juggling to continue as planned at festival finale

A previous beacon lighting ceremony at Bungay Castle. Picture: Andrew Atterwill.

A previous beacon lighting ceremony at Bungay Castle. Picture: Andrew Atterwill. - Credit: Archant

The Bungay Summer Festival reaches its climax this weekend with an extended closing ceremony in keeping with the festival theme.

This year’s two-week festival has been centred around commemorating the 330th anniversary of the Great Fire of Bungay.

The traditional flag lowering ceremony at the castle will be held on Sunday evening, preceded by a programme of fiery and musical entertainment.

The festival committee has taken advice from the fire service and a planned firework display will now not take place because of the dry conditions. But with safety conditions in place, fire eater and juggler Rebecca Jane will perform, and the lighting of the town beacon will also go ahead.

There will also be a light display focusing on the flag lowering by the town reeve, Stephen Went, and mayor Mick Lincoln.

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Bands featured will be the Speckled Band, the Dumasani Drummers and Lois and Andy, and there will be a display by Danse Macabre. The Bungay Fire engine will also be in attendance for children to have a look at and there will be a bar and food at the site.

The event will kick off with live music at 7.30pm, with the dance and light show at 9.15pm, speeches from dignitaries at 9.25pm, followed by the beacon being lit at 9.30pm.

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The flag will then be lowered at 9.40pm, with music continuing until 10.15pm. Admission to the ceremony is free, with donations welcome.

Ahead of the closing ceremony, the final festival weekend will see a fundraiser for the Langa Township Pre-school trust in Cape Town being held tomorrow night at Bungay Community Library from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Tickets, which cost £12 and include home-cooked food are available from the library.

Then on Saturday, there will be an evening of song with Joyful Voices Choir, including the Reynbirds a capella trio, at St Mary’s Church. The concert will start at 7pm and tickets cost £10 with under 12s free.

And during the day on Sunday, the town’s popular antiques street fair will be returning in Earsham Street from 9am to 4pm.

It will feature more than 70 antique and vintage dealers, a food court in the King’s Head Yard and an art and craft fair in St Mary’s Church from 10am to 4pm.

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