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Massive crowds turn out to support the new town show

Tuesday, 23rd July 2013.

Haverhill’s Summer Bash, a pioneering effort which aims to recreate the glory days of The Haverhill Show, was a stunning success on Sunday, with crowds estimated up to 7,000 flocking to the Recreation Ground.

After a cloudy morning the sun burst through around lunchtime and made for a fantastic afternoon of fun, with music, displays, stalls and activities all over the Rec.

The show was organised by local business people led by photographer David Doughty and backed up by Haverhill Town Council.

Mr Doughty and other traders had decided Haverhill needed a better annual show or fayre, and thought they could deliver it, so they asked the town council to let them do it.

The show was opened by town mayor Cllr Roger Andre who described the day as ‘brilliant’.

The group are delighted with the outcome which has raised money for local charities - LampH, the foodbank, the scouts and for entertainment in the town’s care homes – and they are already planning next year’s event.

Mr Doughty said he never doubted they could pull off a good event, but he had to admit it was tremendous to see so many people there enjoying themselves.

He thanked the town council for their support and paid tribute to the town's traders who all pulled together to create such a success.

He said they had plenty of ideas for next year, although he was not yet prepared to say what they were.

The proceeds have not yet been counted, but Mr Doughty said they knew it had been very successful and there would be 'a chunk of money' for LampH, as well as money for the food bank, the scouts and to provide a singer to entertain care home residents in the area.

Cllr Andre said it was magnificent to see so many people there.

"It was wonderful that the public and the traders were working together as there had been a feeling in the past that they had not done. The future of our town lies with the traders."

He thought the event worked for both the town council and the organisers and said the town council would continue to support anything that was for the benefiot of the people of Haverhill, not just directly, but indirectly as well.

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