Ed­i­tor’s com­ment

EADT Suffolk - - News - Jayne Lindill, Ed­i­tor jayne.lindill@eadt.co.uk

SUM­MER in Suf­folk – the time of year when most of us who live here are con­vinced that not only is the county the best place on earth, but there is ac­tu­ally nowhere bet­ter than our very own town or vil­lage. It’s also the time of year when thou­sands of vis­i­tors to the county also dis­cover Suf­folk’s many charms. We wel­come them, and shyly share our lit­tle se­cret with them. For a few months our roads might be busier, pubs and res­tau­rants fuller, beaches a bit more crowded. But we’re glad our busi­nesses will do well out of it, and we know we’ll feel the eco­nomic ben­e­fits of a busy sum­mer.

Suf­folk’s sum­mer cal­en­dar is packed with events great and small. A high­light in Au­gust is fam­ily friendly FolkEast, a rel­a­tively new ad­di­tion which has fast gained na­tional recog­ni­tion. It’s quirky and dif­fer­ent in a very Suf­folk way, with a her­itage that lies in the Al­bion Fairs of the 1970s. Lind­say Want ex­plores this and pre­views the pro­gramme for this year’s event.

‘They pro­vide great fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment, but they have a more se­ri­ous pur­pose, bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties to­gether and rais­ing funds for lo­cal causes’

Through­out the county, towns and vil­lages will be throw­ing open their greens, squares, wa­ter­fronts and parks for all sorts of lo­cally or­gan­ised fetes, fes­ti­vals, car­ni­vals and cel­e­bra­tions. Most are the cul­mi­na­tion of a lot of hard work by vol­un­teers work­ing with very lit­tle money, re­ly­ing on the gen­eros­ity of lo­cal spon­sors. They pro­vide great fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment, but they have a more se­ri­ous pur­pose too, in bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties to­gether and rais­ing funds for all sorts of lo­cal causes.

A lo­cal event I’ve been pleased to sup­port is the Felixs­towe Book Fes­ti­val, now in its fifth year. Thanks to founder Meg Reid and her hard work­ing vol­un­teers, the fes­ti­val just gets bet­ter, at­tract­ing top authors, as well as en­cour­ag­ing up and com­ing writ­ers, and is now a firm fix­ture in the town’s cul­tural cal­en­dar. I’ve greatly en­joyed sup­port­ing and judg­ing the fes­ti­val’s short story com­pe­ti­tion and you can read the win­ning story on page 74.

As I write this I’m also look­ing for­ward to meet­ing mem­bers of Suf­folk Craft So­ci­ety at the open­ing of their sum­mer ex­hi­bi­tion in Alde­burgh, which runs un­til the end of Au­gust. The work of SCS artists and crafts peo­ple is ex­tra­or­di­nary in its qual­ity and di­ver­sity. An­other re­minder that Suf­folk truly is the ‘cre­ative county’.

Au­gust 5, Halesworth Bro­cante An­tique & Vin­tage Mar­ket. You never know what you might find . . .

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