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Two-week festival comes to a close with fire dancing at castle

PUBLISHED: 13:08 25 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:39 25 July 2018

Fire dancing at the Bungay Festival closing ceremony. Picture: Terry Reeve.

Fire dancing at the Bungay Festival closing ceremony. Picture: Terry Reeve.

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The flag came down on Bungay's sun-drenched two-week festival with an evening of colourful and musical entertainment at the Castle.

Entertainers performing to the crowds at the Bungay Festival closing ceremony. Picture: Laila France. Entertainers performing to the crowds at the Bungay Festival closing ceremony. Picture: Laila France.

The Speckled Band played, the Dumasani Drummers provided a vibrant beat encouraging the audience to dance on stage, and duo Lois and Andy provided another brand of music for the crowds on Sunday.

A spectacular display of fire dancing by Rebecca Jane provided the atmosphere for the festival theme, the 330th anniversary of the Great Fire of Bungay, and Liz Lee’s dancers completed the on-stage entertainment with their routines.

As dusk fell, town reeve Stephen Went and mayor Mick Lincoln, praised the work of the festival committee and thanked people for their support for the many events, before ceremonially lighting the town beacon as a light display replicated flickering flames on the castle’s twin towers.

The crowds at the Bungay Festival closing ceremony. Picture: Laila France.The crowds at the Bungay Festival closing ceremony. Picture: Laila France.

Abbot Charles Lombard, of St Edmund’s Roman Catholic Church, gave a final blessing before the two dignitaries lowered the flag on the castle to signal the end of two weeks of wide ranging entertainment.

Festival committee chairman Didy Ward said afterwards: “This year’s exceptionally hot summer has shown off the Bungay Festival at it’s very best, especially with our fire theme.

“From the start of the festival, with Bungay Museum’s exhibition showing the effects of that terrible fire in 1688 echoed in dance by Liz Lee’s ballet school at the closing ceremony, we have enjoyed so many special festival events.

Entertainers performing to the crowds at the Bungay Festival closing ceremony. Picture: Terry Reeve.Entertainers performing to the crowds at the Bungay Festival closing ceremony. Picture: Terry Reeve.

“The town stepped up with magnificent fire-themed windows, fiery bunting and gorgeous hanging baskets in oranges, reds and yellows from Bungay In Bloom. This is a community that pulls together.

“The festival always shows off just what our town can do and this year our concerts and quizzes, talks and walks, have been wonderful, culminating in a spectacular closing ceremony organised by the Fisher Theatre. As I listened to the drummers drumming, with the moon up in the sky behind me, and the Bigod flag fluttering from the castle turrets, lit with dancing flames, I thought - how wonderful! Now - what shall we do next year?”

The winner of the shop window competition was Sew and So’s in Upper Olland Street, who received a certificate and two tickets to a show of their choice at the Fisher Theatre.

Town reeve Stephen Went lighting the beacon at the Bungay Festival closing ceremony. Picture: Terry Reeve.Town reeve Stephen Went lighting the beacon at the Bungay Festival closing ceremony. Picture: Terry Reeve.

Ahead of the closing ceremony on Sunday, crowds flocked to the town centre for the popular antiques street fair featuring more than 70 antique and vintage dealers, a new food court in the King’s Head Yard and an art and craft fair in St Mary’s Church.

The popular Bungay antiques market. Photo: Trevor PageThe popular Bungay antiques market. Photo: Trevor Page

The popular Bungay antiques market. Photo: Trevor PageThe popular Bungay antiques market. Photo: Trevor Page

The popular Bungay antiques market. Photo: Trevor PageThe popular Bungay antiques market. Photo: Trevor Page

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