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Jubilant atmosphere as the 73rd Aldeburgh Carnival begins

PUBLISHED: 18:18 16 August 2015 | UPDATED: 18:18 16 August 2015

Large crowds in Aldeburgh on the second day of the town's carnival.

Large crowds in Aldeburgh on the second day of the town's carnival.

A carnival atmosphere built up in Aldeburgh this weekend ahead of tomorrow’s procession.

A 5 piece brass band plays outside the lifeboat station at Aldeburgh on the second day of the town's carnival. A 5 piece brass band plays outside the lifeboat station at Aldeburgh on the second day of the town's carnival.

The long weekend of festivities kicked off yesterday in the 73rd annual Aldeburgh Carnival, with a funfair, stalls and sideshows close to the Moot Hall.

Special events such as the mini-marathon, a six-mile run to Thorpeness and back, and the egg boat race at the boating lake took place today.

Alan Cooney won the mini-marathon, with Megan Newton the first lady to finish. Marcus Holmes and Jasmine West were the first junior boy and girl to cross the finishing line.

Tomorrow sees the Disney-themed carnival at 3.15pm, led by the British Imperial Military Band, with the lantern procession and fireworks in the evening.

Youngsters take part in races in Aldeburgh on the second day of the town's carnival. Youngsters take part in races in Aldeburgh on the second day of the town's carnival.

Publicity officer Keith Batt said: “The events so far have gone really well – the weather has been good and the crowds reasonable.

“We are looking forward even more to the big day tomorrow.

“There is a very good atmosphere throughout the town.”

Two people were treated by paramedics after they were hurt in a crash in Colchester this afternoon.

Record crowds turned out to welcome Santa Claus to a Suffolk garden centre as bosses kicked off their festive season.

Suffolk brewers Adnams have stirred up storm in a beer glass by extolling the virtues of “Mighty Norwich City” while not having a shop in Ipswich, their own county town!

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Police are appealing for witnesses to discover what happened to a man found with serious pelvic and head injuries in a Suffolk street.

A 26-year-old woman who went missing from her home in Ipswich sparking a police appeal has been found.

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