Town's 'confidence' hailed as First Light organisers celebrate boost

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Eddie Lambert, four, front, with Maya Day, five, and Elliott Barnard, four, inside the dragon on the beach at Lowestoft's First Light Festival in 2019. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY

Lowestoft is brimming with confidence, event organisers have claimed as they celebrate a major funding boost.

East Suffolk Council's cabinet agreed to allocate £200,000 towards the 2022 First Light Festival on South Beach following a meeting earlier this month.

In a joint statement on behalf of First Light CIC, organisers Genevieve Christie and Wayne Hemingway said: "The feel-good factor within Lowestoft that the inaugural First Light Festival created could almost be enough, but there is so much more.

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Enjoying the popular Beach Bar at Lowestoft's First Light Festival. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY

"In addition to the not inconsiderable economic impact over that mid-summer, sunny weekend in June 2019, we are witnessing a significant number of creative-led start-ups, there is an artistic renaissance, and there are new progressive initiatives popping up all the time.

"Lowestoft is demonstrating significant self-confidence and this funding will allow First Light to build on this and deliver even more next year."

The funding includes £144,277 carried over from the amount allocated for the 2021 festival, which was cancelled due to the coronavirus restrictions and replaced with a small programme of activities.

Some of the crowds at the First Light Festival in Lowestoft.

Some of the crowds at the First Light Festival in Lowestoft in 2019. - Credit: Mick Howes