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Did you attend Ferry Fest? See our photos from the event

PUBLISHED: 11:23 28 August 2018

Alison and David Miller, Jason Alexander and Hilary Richardson with the pirate made entirely out of plastic   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Alison and David Miller, Jason Alexander and Hilary Richardson with the pirate made entirely out of plastic Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Ferry, ferry good – that was the verdict on a new cultural festival staged over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Organisers are hoping Ferry Fest will become an annual event after people flocked to the fishing hamlet of Felixstowe Ferry to enjoy a wide range of activities.

With live music across the weekend, a thriving beer and cider festival, guest ales at £2 a pint and power boat rides, the four-day event was a brilliant success.

The Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club, St Nicholas Church and the Millennium Green all hosted live music, art displays, craft fairs, dance performances, photography, theatre, beachcombing, hog roasts and picnics throughout the event.

The final day was pirate-themed with families invited to dress in their finest swashbucking gear and to get in involved in fighting plastic use by helping to finish building Captain Fanplastic.

Alex MacLaughlan and Mike Peacey getting ready for some crabbing  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNAlex MacLaughlan and Mike Peacey getting ready for some crabbing Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Jayne Lindill, 59, who helped organise the festival, said: “It’s been a really good weekend, it’s the first festival down here and people are hoping it will be the first of many.”

She continued: “The success of a festival is down to local involvement really, it’s quite a simple thing, it’s all about involving local people and making the festival affordable as well.”

Captain Fanplastic is a big pirate head made entirely of non-recyclable plastics created by the children of Kingsfleet Primary School in Felixstowe.

They were inspired to create the seafaring menace by eco-warrior Jason Alexander, who is waging war on plastic and damaging rubbish that ends up on Suffolk’s beaches.

Jessica, Andrew and Thomas Ellis ready for their boat trip   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNJessica, Andrew and Thomas Ellis ready for their boat trip Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“We still haven’t decided what to do with him now the festival is over,” said Ms Lindill, talking about the rubbish captain.

“The environmental message is very strong from people on the coast, they see what washes up on their beaches all the time and if this festival happened again we would want to promote the same message.”

The festival also featured a fantastic array of live performances from the likes of Gabby Rivers, Scarecrow and even Jayne Lindill’s own play about the devastating 1953 Suffolk floods.

She said: “It’s the first play I have ever written but it was well received and we had some decent crowds for both performances, hopefully I can take it on tour up the Suffolk coast.”

Scarlett, Ava and Jackson Peers dressed up as pirates   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNScarlett, Ava and Jackson Peers dressed up as pirates Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Tilly Jones dressed up as a pirate  for the day   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNTilly Jones dressed up as a pirate for the day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Alfie Soanes with a big crab  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNAlfie Soanes with a big crab Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Visitors enjoyed the sunshine on the last day of Ferry Fest 2018  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNVisitors enjoyed the sunshine on the last day of Ferry Fest 2018 Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Visitors enjoyed the sunshine on the last day of Ferry Fest 2018  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNVisitors enjoyed the sunshine on the last day of Ferry Fest 2018 Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Jayne Lindill, one of the organisers of Ferry Fest 2018  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNJayne Lindill, one of the organisers of Ferry Fest 2018 Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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