BBC at jazz festival

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Rob Smith of BBC South East Today ducks past the ice cream van

BBC South East Today visited Rye on Friday August 28 to feature the Rye Jazz and Blues Festival, which was held over the Bank Holiday weekend August 27-31. With the program’s vintage ice cream van in evidence, presenter Rob Smith opened the slot that appeared on the evening news, with a view of St Mary’s.

Rob Smith in front of St Mary's Church
Rob Smith in front of St Mary’s Church

Then it was off to the Gun Garden for an interview with Festival organiser Ian Bowden, while Louis Turpin and Roger Hubbard played  some blues in the background. Ian stressed some of the highlights of the festival including James Torme singing in St Mary’s.

There was an additional clip of Rye, featuring  an interview with Mayor, Bernardine Fiddimore, and this was followed by two pieces to show the varied culture available in the town, covering Grammar School Records and Rye Pottery. Finally the crew headed back to the Gun Garden for a short set from the Dirty Martini Swing Band.

Photos: Ray Prewer