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Beowulf brings visitors to Woodbridge

News ArticleBeowulf brings visitors to Woodbridge

The Beowulf festival was hailed a huge success by organisers after it encouraged hundreds of people to visit the town.

The event was organised by outgoing Woodbridge Mayor Clare Perkins with help from Woodbridge composer Jan Pulsford and was held in lieu of a Mayor’s ball.

“It was amazing,” said Ms Perkins, “The music was magical, mystical and ethereal.

“Everybody was enthralled.”

The festival took 18 months of planning and involved a choc-a-block schedule over five days.

The weekend began with an event at the Woodbridge Emporium book shop which featured stories, poems and songs about dragons.

It also introduced Scruff the Plastic Dragon who was created by Wildlife Gadget Man Jason Alexander from plastic collected around the area.

As well as the Dragon evening there were live music events including sessions from a specifically created from the Marie Boat stage.

Saturday also saw a light show projected onto the front of the Tide Mill Living Museum with the help of sponsors Holly Blue Boutique.

The show featured music and poetry written by Jan Pulsford.

On Sunday author Kevin Crossley-Holland, who is renowned for his work on Beowulf, hosted a talk and book signing.

Bank Holiday saw the event move along the River Deben as festival goers walked to Sutton Hoo.