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Local talent is showcased at Haverhill’s Summer Bash

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Haverhill Summer Bash ANL-160717-194316009

Haverhill’s fourth Summer Bash had everything from falcons to a retirement presentation to the event’s kebab man.

The first three bashes raised £15,000 for Haverhill charities and organisations and the bash organising committee chairman David Doughty hopes this years’ fund raising will be on a par with previous events.

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Haverhill Summer Bash ANL-160717-194251009

He said the aim of the organisers from the beginning was to make the event on the Recreation Ground as local as possible.

“We’ve got talent in the town and we can use lots of it to make it a real Haverhill show,” he said. “We have local dance groups doing displays and local music acts providing music all day on the bandstand.”

They also source as much as possible from the town’s businesses and individuals.

The money then goes to similarly local organisations who work for Haverhill residents, rather than the big, high profile charities with huge fund raising departments.

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Haverhill Summer Bash ANL-160717-194355009

This year’s Summer Bash saw the traditional classic car and baby shows, arena events and music boosted by new attractions, including a falconry display and a balloon release.

They also had a presentation to thank kebab van owner Ertunc ‘Stav’ Mihrikani for his support for Haverhill’s Summer Bash and its community.

David explained: “He’s been part of the community for 30 years and he’s been a supporter of the bash for four years.

“He was always a trader who would say ‘I’ll support you’ and come along.

“When I put on Facebook that he was retiring it had more hits than the babies I photograph in my studio, so we thought we’d do something to congratulate him.”

Afterwards, they asked Stav to judge the car show.

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