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Cambridge Folk Festival 2016 hailed 'another success'

Image caption Irish singer-songwriter Christy Moore topped the bill on Saturday

Organisers have hailed the sell-out 52nd Cambridge Folk Festival as another "successful" event with a boundary-stretching bill.

More than 14,000 people have attend the four-day event, which started on Thursday at Cherry Hinton Hall.

Neil Jones, one of the directors of the festival, featuring headliners Christy Moore and KT Tunstall, said: "It's been another successful festival.

"There were a few downpours early on but nothing to dampen the spirits."

He said there had been a "real eclectic mix" of performers, which also included Gogol Bordello.

"We really like to stretch boundaries with the bill," he said.

Image caption Organisers said a few early downpours had not stopped people enjoying themselves

'Absolute privilege'

The last day of the festival include performances by Imelda May, Mary Chapin Carpenter and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winner Sam Kelly, originally from Spixworth, near Norwich.

He told the BBC: "This festival really is the pinnacle for me, it was my local folk festival as a kid, and the first festival I ever went to."

"To have the chance to come back and play for a third year running is an absolute privilege."

He first found fame as a Britain's Got Talent finalist.

Image caption Norfolk's The Georgia Shackleton Trio played on the festival's first day

Georgia Shackleton, of the Norfolk band The Georgia Shackleton Trio, who played the Club Tent on Thursday, said: "There are so many great acts playing at Cambridge this year and we're really happy to be a part of it."

Sue Marchant will be broadcasting to BBC radio stations in the east live from the Cambridge Folk Festival during 19:00 and 22:00 BST on Sunday.

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