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Success for Communciate UK at the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre

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The award winning Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre is now in its sixteenth year and gets bigger and better everytime. With over 300 stalls situated all around the historic Georgian town centre it has the perfect mix of old and new. 

Communicate UK were invited once again to support this ever growing and popular 4 day event with our CCTV Event Hire Packages. 

The challenge this year was to ensure we support the local Police and Event Organisers with even more cameras than ever before for this huge magical Christmas experience and noted best Christmas Fayre in the UK.

The Brief

Communicate UK were asked to install High Definition CCTV cameras to monitor the whole Christmas Fayre including the children’s opening parade and fireworks, a cookery theatre and food area in the Cathedral grounds, the children’s activities area and fun fair on Angel Hill and in the Abbey Gardens and the main square where the stalls were set up.

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The Challenge

A site survey identified that the area to be covered had increased significantly from 2017 which meant more CCTV engineers needed to be allocated to the job to ensure successful installation and testing of the CCTV monitoring system within the set timeframe.  The other significant factor is that Bury St Edmunds is an historic town made up of many Graded buildings which meant that the surveyor had a more difficult role of identifying CCTV fixing stations.


The team had one day to get every camera installed and tested for the operational event team to review with the local Police to ensure all areas of the event were covered correctly.

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The CCTV Engineers installed 9 High Definition fully functioning dome cameras over wireless links covering the whole of the Christmas Fayre.  These are fairly easy to install however pre-site visit with the Bury St Edmunds Event Organiser team from the Council together with their Health and Safety representatives identified a number of key challenges.

Some of the plans and deployment of cameras entailed using boom lifts in the public domain during busy shopping periods.  The team had to make sure areas were barriered off each time to meet Health & Safety regulations.  The team also required PAL Cards to operate systems.  

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Two remote cameras to support the park and ride service working on a 3g connection were also deployed.  Testing of all cameras crucial to ensure the Control Room could view all locations.

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As with all event hires, the team have to go back, usually out of hours, to de-rig the system.  This event meant engineers working over the weekend to de-rig.

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The Christmas Fayre was by far the busiest they have ever seen with the number of visitors increasing significantly against 2017.  The event has been deemed an incredible success.  The CCTV installation was completed ahead of schedule and to the satisfaction of both the local council and the Health & Safety representatives.   No issues were identified during the 4 day fayre or with any of the CCTV Hire Equipment or monitoring station. 

Communicate UK are extremely pleased with how the fayre went - another successful CCTV Event Hire.

Communicate Event CCTV Hire was founded in order to provide essential security surveillance and monitoring services where required

Our aim is to assure event organisers and those they have a duty to protect that their safety is being monitored by sophisticated surveillance systems deployed and monitored by professionals. Your safety and security is our priority.

We do this by providing the latest technology in CCTV across the UK and offer bespoke solutions to your requirements due to each project presenting different needs and risks.

Benefits of our service

Rapid deployment of CCTV Hire equipment

Rapid deployment of CCTV Hire equipment

CCTV Engineers

Full support throughout your event with CCTV Engineers on site 24hours a day if required

wireless camera systems

Wireless camera systems available for the largest of events

steward and manned security

Full event steward and manned security packages available

Recorded footage supplied on a hard-drive

Recorded footage supplied to client's on a hard drive at the end of an event

We have supported a range of high profile events across Essex and London for a number of years.  To find out more about our Event Hire Packages give us a call on 01245 400044.

Why choose a Communicate UK Event Hire CCTV System?

  • All our CCTV Systems are designed and manufactured in the UK
  • Our friendly engineers are highly trained and DBS checked
  • Every camera we install is password protected
  • All our IP Cameras are High Definition
  • Our CCTV Footage will stand as evidence if required in a court room
  • Our cameras are set up within the Data Protection Act requirements
  • FREE CCTV signage required to be displayed by law are provided for every install


When you have 85,000 visitors and countless celebrities in one place their health & safety is paramount. The V-Festival in Chelmsford covers a vast area and CCTV is the only option to monitor such a large crowd over a wide area.

Management explained to our Communicate engineers that they needed to be able to monitor all access points at the perimeter of the venue, but also required the ability to monitor the crowd throughout the whole venue. Several offices across the site were used by security teams and the police, each requiring access to the live videos.

After a site survey the Communicate engineers recommended the installation of a hard wired CCTV camera solution at strategically placed sites across the venue. To achieve full coverage we recommended 12 fully operational dome cameras. These cameras are movable using a joy stick controller to enable viewing across a wider area. We also recommended 5 fixed cameras where movement wasn’t needed, and were fixed on a location.

Such was the complexity of the installation that we recommended a man on site throughout the whole event. In the event of an emergency or equipment failure our on-site engineer would be on hand to deal with the situation.

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