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'Can this please be repeated next year?' - Revellers react to First Light Festival

PUBLISHED: 13:49 23 June 2019 | UPDATED: 14:24 23 June 2019

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

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

Copyright: Archant 2019

Now the solstice has passed, and the inaugural First Light Festival is over, it's time to massage our dancing feet and reflect on Lowestoft's own slice of Balearic island life.

And while the clouds are rumbling in across East Anglia this afternoon (Sunday, June 23), at least they stayed away for the event, which finished up at midday after 24 hours of non-stop revelry.

The sun sparkled on the sea off the town's south beach on Saturday (June 22) while people of all ages danced, practiced yoga, listened to stories and played frisbee.

The activities went on through the night and at dawn people gathered on the shore to listen to music.

Response on social media has been overwhelmingly positive, with revellers praising the relaxed atmosphere and begging the organisers to bring the event back next year.

Images from the inaugural First Light Festival in Lowestoft. Picture: Christopher Mortimer.Images from the inaugural First Light Festival in Lowestoft. Picture: Christopher Mortimer.

Samantha Fordham said: "The atmosphere was amazing - such a well put together event with a cool, laid back vibe.

"Plenty for kids and adults alike and the weather was fab too.

"What's not to like?

"Can only be a positive thing for the town.

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

"Can this please be repeated next year?" she asked.

Phil Dann said: "Beautiful day, enjoyed looking out at the sea enjoying my pint listening to some tunes.

"Needs to be here every year for sure."

Donna Bidwell Hunt commented: "This has been great for the town.

Yoga in the Well-being by the Waves wigwam at Lowestoft's First Light Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYYoga in the Well-being by the Waves wigwam at Lowestoft's First Light Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

"The atmosphere here has been awesome.

"Well done and let's hope this becomes an annual thing that will grow each year."

Steve Harvey said: "Well done all involved, a proper event at last, now build on the momentum and make it better every year."

Locals hope the festival can kickstart Lowestoft's economy by bringing more investment into the town.

Elise Day, eight, on the back of the dragon, at Lowestoft's First Light Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYElise Day, eight, on the back of the dragon, at Lowestoft's First Light Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Jane Phillips said: "All rooms fully booked first time in living memory."

Any criticism of the event was minor, with some who attended noting a shortage of food stalls and long queues...

Sam Woodhouse said: "But it's hard to anticipate demand on a free event.

"As long as they take on the learnings for next year."

Images from the inaugural First Light Festival in Lowestoft. Picture: Christopher Mortimer.Images from the inaugural First Light Festival in Lowestoft. Picture: Christopher Mortimer.

Images from the inaugural First Light Festival in Lowestoft. Picture: Christopher Mortimer.Images from the inaugural First Light Festival in Lowestoft. Picture: Christopher Mortimer.

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