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“Intolerant” villagers stop “tolerance” festival

By Stephen Adams

A village festival of tolerance has been scrapped because of opposition from “intolerant” locals. One villager explained his opposition to the festival. He said: “I felt there was a drift towards the darker side of things, such as people selling five-pointed stars and other symbols of witchcraft. It didn’t uphold the values I see in life.”

John Noyes, a Laxfield shoemaker, was burnt to death on 22 September 1557, one of 34 executed in the county for his religious beliefs. Legend has it that almost all the villagers disagreed with his death sentence and tried to put out their fires to stop his execution. The festival was started three years ago in a bid to remember the execution and spread the message of religious tolerance. Since then the festival – which includes historical re-enactments, artistic events, and music – has attracted thousands of visitors. Now villagers say it’s too much and they can no longer put up with the crowds and it is attracting the wrong kind of festival goer.

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