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22 June 2012, 00:00 | Updated: 22 June 2012, 06:10
After the success of last year’s Maritime Ipswich festival, Ipswich Central and Ipswich Borough Council have decided to announce plans for an even bigger and better celebration for 2012.
It will have the Maritime festival - Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August - at the heart of it and surrounding the festival on a wider scale is Celebrate Ipswich, bringing the town together. Celebrate Ipswich begins on Monday 13th August, straight after the Olympics, and runs until Friday 24th August.
Paul Clement, Chief Executive of Ipswich Central, said: “The event was a great success last year, with more than 55,000 people in attendance. We hope to make it bigger and better this year and have extended it into a two-week celebration of Ipswich, which encompasses not only the waterfront area but the retail and restaurant zones too. The fortnight is set to include a celebration of all that makes our County town so special; a plethora of in-store activities, on-street entertainment, amazing food and drink offers as well as the successful Maritime Festival weekend in the middle.
“It’s definitely set to be an exciting two weeks in Ipswich, and not to be missed!”
Amongst other things you will be able to experience:
During the two weeks, shop windows throughout the town will be dressed to impress and you can vote for your favourite in a competition. Special Maritime offers and treats will be available to VIP’s with maritime cocktails, marine manicures, sailor’s lunches and much more on offer
Councillor Carole Jones, Economic Development and Planning Portfolio Holder for Ipswich Borough Council said:
"The focus on the Waterfront during the Maritime Festival gives the whole town a great opportunity to show what we are good at and what we have to offer. This is a huge summer showcase for Ipswich – we have begun Ip-art, the biggest festival in the region, we have Suffolk's only Torch Relay celebration party and have the Maritime Festival. Then, in September, the Tour of Britain cyclists begin the race from the Waterfront. I think that's plenty of reasons to celebrate, which is great for residents, visitors and the town's economy."