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Beach parties and an aerial ballet for Haverhill?

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Haverhill’s Jubilee Plaza could be transformed into a beach, an open-air cinema or a ballet arena for events next summer.

West Suffolk events officers are looking at the possibility of staging events in the plaza during the summer to increase footfall in the town centre.

Speaking at a meeting of the Haverhill Area Working Party on Thursday, December 11, Lizzie Cocker, of Forest Heath District Council, said the council was looking for community partners to help rejuvenate interest in the area.

She said: “We want something unusual that might bring people to the square.

“You can’t just put on random events. Maybe June and July, every Friday evening between 5pm and 8pm, so there is a set time and people know there will be something going on in that square.

“We envisage a mixed programme of activity. I’m quite ken to see one of those beaches in Haverhill, where they pour a load of sand in and have deck chairs and sell ice creams.”

As well as the artificial beach idea, ideas for events in the plaza included a mobile skate park, aerial ballet shows, out-door cinema, tai-chi and ping-pong and temporary parkour shows.

“I couldn’t be more delighted to hear about this, especially some of the more wacky ideas,” said Councillor Anne Gower.

“It never ceases to upset me when I go past the Ark in Bury and there’s all sorts of things going on in front of the Apex when we’ve got this square in Haverhill and nothing goes on in it.

“I’m really looking forward to the chance to work with the town council on it.”

West Suffolk events officers will work with local businesses, schools and groups of young people to see how the space could be used to put on events to benefit the whole community.

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