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Revellers keep it Green

PUBLISHED: 17:27 10 September 2009 | UPDATED: 08:30 01 August 2010

SPECIAL buses put on for the Waveney Greenpeace Fair were chock-a-block as local people rallied to keep it eco-friendly.

The fair's organisers had warned that it could be the last fair if people kept arriving by car, undermining the message of the event on Sunday.

SPECIAL buses put on for the Waveney Greenpeace Fair were chock-a-block as local people rallied to keep it eco-friendly.

The fair's organisers had warned that it could be the last fair if people kept arriving by car, undermining the message of the event on Sunday.

However, organisers struggled to keep up with the demand for public transport admitting “it would be rude” not to go ahead with next year's event considering the resounding public response.

“We just didn't anticipate how good the response would be,” said Graham Elliott, one of the fair organisers. “The campaign to get more sustainable travel worked. The public has shown that they want it to carry on.”

Mr Elliott said he could not say for certain whether the fair would be held next year until after a meeting with the organisers.

It is estimated that around 1,000 people travelled to the fair by bus, meaning that busses to Bungay and Halesworth were running every half an hour throughout the day and evening. It had initially been planned that there would only be hourly buses past 5pm.

Meanwhile there was further good news as about 400 people travelled by bike.

The annual fair is held at Hulver Farm in South Elmham, and included more than 35 musical acts on three stages, including one powered by pedalling.

Headlining the event was folk band Murphy's Lore, and other acts included Monkey Spanner, Frock, The Barlights, and the Norwich Samba Band, who also paraded through the fair.

Non-musical acts included the Foolhardy Folk Circus, storytelling by Su Squire, Tilly the Tale Spinner, and children's activities.

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