Entering from our apartment block, the first thing that you notice is the level of security. The guards are checking all bags and rucksacks. This is good, except they missed putting someone on the end of the slope from the Podium! Never mind, they are very much in evidence everywhere else.
The Entertainment Zone is that part dedicated to fairground rides and food. First off you come to the rides. (As there are so many images, I have done them is small slide show blocks.
My wife still talks about the Waltzer at the fairground – before she met me. She always talks about Del Shannon and the boys on the ride pushing the pedals and making the girls scream. Well, here is a short video showing that not much has changed!
The rest of the zone was pretty much like the Food Weekend earlier in the year. Lots of different types of food available. At the early time that I was there, there weren’t many takers but it got very busy later on.
The themes through the festival was “Pirates” so there was much dressing up and “ooo” “arrr” going on – remember “Talk Like a Pirate Day“? (Still time to join in – 19th September, this year!). here is Ipswich’s own Jack Sparrow:
He was suitably “drunk” even at this time of day – although not much was slopping out of his mug – boo. The usual amenities were, of course, available.
Radio Suffolk were managing the stage. At this time of day, the audience were sparse but the singer did a good job.
It will probably get rowdier as the day goes on.