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Beach set to return to Norfolk town as season of summer events kick-off

The Thetford seaside at the green at Thetford Riverside Complex. Picture: The Lively Crew

The Thetford seaside at the green at Thetford Riverside Complex. Picture: The Lively Crew

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The sand of the coast will be returning to a Norfolk town, as part of a season of summer events.

Hundreds came to celebrate the start of the On the Green season in Thetford. Picture: The Lively Crew.Hundreds came to celebrate the start of the On the Green season in Thetford. Picture: The Lively Crew.

On the Green returns to Thetford this year with a host of music nights celebrating hits from the past 20 years.

Held at the Thetford Riverside, the season was started with glam rock by London Elton John impersonator, Kevin Clay.

Hundreds turned up to party at the free event which is funded by Breckland Council as part of its Market Towns Initiative.

Included in this year's programme is the return of the beach to Riverside, from August bank holiday weekend, August 23, which aims to allow residents and visitors to enjoy the summer sun as if they were beside the sea.

Hundreds came to celebrate the start of the On the Green season in Thetford. Picture: The Lively Crew.Hundreds came to celebrate the start of the On the Green season in Thetford. Picture: The Lively Crew.

Councillor Mark Robinson, executive member for community, leisure and culture at Breckland Council, said: "The new programme is shaping up to be even bigger than last year's and it is great so many people attended the first event.

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"There are some great activities planned, so I hope people from the town and visitors to the area will make the most of future events. They're sure to have great fun and it is a great way to support local businesses at the same time."

An event has been created to coincide with Norfolk Day, with a music night on Saturday, July 27.

As well as this a programme of regular events have been created aiming to bring together members of the community, encourage visitors to the town and provide a boost to local businesses.

Hosted every fortnight are musically themed nights including The Beatles, Elvis open mic, ABBA and Disney.

Alex Long, from the season's organisers, The Lively Crew, said: "Last year's activity gained a massive local following and Friday night's attendance suggests the support for such events is set to continue and grow.

"Over the coming months the mix of music and other activities will give residents a reason to come into town and socialise."

There will be a number of events announced throughout the summer as well as the those that have been scheduled.

To keep up-to-date go to www.facebook.com/OnTheGreenThetford

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