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I have lived in Sidmouth for over 35 years and the inaugural 2022 Jazz festival was unquestionably the best organised, most enlivening and enriching
event I have ever witnessed here.

The town with its stunning setting and plentiful accommodation is the perfect setting on the south Devon and Dorset coastline, for such an event.

I hope it will become an annual and growing feature of the town and help to give Sidmouth another reason to be. It can attract a bigger variety of people to the town and massively widen the cultural appeal of the region.

Ian Bowden and his team worked tirelessly and against considerable obstacles to make this first festival happen. 

They will need ongoing help and encouragement to now make it burgeon into the long-term game changing event that we need and that the changing
demographic in Sidmouth will gladly embrace.

So well done.

Edward Willis Fleming