Strange sights for shoppers in Haverhill

Seven-year-old Chloe Vella feeding the Circii Pidgeons
Seven-year-old Chloe Vella feeding the Circii Pidgeons
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Weird and wonderful sights greeted shoppers in Haverhill town centre last weekend.

Saturday saw the return of the town council’s annual street festival, which combined this year with St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Craft Beer and Cider Festival to produce a fun and exciting atmosphere, with live music throughout.

Vamos Theatre having fun on the High Street

Vamos Theatre having fun on the High Street

Visitors were treated to some unusual sights and characters, from giant damselflies and busy-body ‘crimplene crusaders’ to giant nosey pigeons and colourful ballroom dancers who appeared to ‘take a bit of a liking to’ Haverhill Town Mayor, Cllr David Roach.

“It was the chain and a bit of bling that did it,” joked Cllr Roach.

He added: “It was just a really, really good event. There were lots of people, the Market Square was full, the entertainers were amazing – how those girls walk on those stilts I have no idea – and the traders who came down for it seemed to enjoy it as well.”

Of the beer festival, Cllr John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury, said: “We are delighted people enjoyed the beer festival. There was a good mix of food, drink, live music, craft stalls as well as our regular market on Saturday.

Felix Brent making his way down the High Steet

Felix Brent making his way down the High Steet

“This was only our second year of staging this event in Haverhill and we will look at the feedback we receive from residents and businesses and discuss how we can improve on its success and widen its appeal.”

Haverhill Town Mayor, Cllr David Roach, with ballroom dancers at the annual Street Festival

Haverhill Town Mayor, Cllr David Roach, with ballroom dancers at the annual Street Festival

Crowds enjoing the street entertainment

Crowds enjoing the street entertainment

The Fish Claw Band playing on the Market Square

The Fish Claw Band playing on the Market Square

Felix Brent doing some magic tricks

Felix Brent doing some magic tricks

Felix Brent entertaining the crowds

Felix Brent entertaining the crowds

Haverhill Street Festival

Haverhill Street Festival