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A celebratory atmosphere in Haverhill town centre

Bob the butterfly and and Gerry the gerbera
Bob the butterfly and and Gerry the gerbera

A mix of music, food, craft beer and street entertainment made Haverhill town centre a lively - and hot - place to be on Saturday.

England's World Cup quarter final against Sweden at 3pm may have seen the numbers of people reduce dramatically after 2pm.

Prior to that the market place was thronging with people enjoying the live music, street food, beers and stalls, all provided as part of the Haverhill Summer Market and Craft Beer Festival organised by St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

The Haverhill Street Festival - which was organised by the town council - was also in full swing, with four street entertainers roaming around, all of which engaged with the public in different ways .

Nursie & Pram, with her 'twins' Dee and Dum (courtesy of Cirq de'light), Bob and Gerry, a butterfly and gerbera on stilts (provided by Artemis Productions) and Jason Maverick, who entertained with a combination of juggling, crystal ball manipulation and robotics were three of the acts.

Also performing was Animystic, who brought to life the story of a hero trying to woo a barmaid and impress her by having as swordfight with a member of the audience.

Haverhill Arts Centre also showed the England v Sweden match on its cinema screen.

Nick Keeble, Haverhill Town Council arts and leisure manager, said: "There was a good number of people, especially towards the square.

"We have found with all of our events this year that the warmer it is the less people are out.

"All of our events that we have had this year have tailed off at about 1pm to 1.30pm because it does get so warm at that time.

"With all the bunting and all the flowers up though, it felt very celebratory in town."

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