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Plenty of exciting events planned to mark this year’s Suffolk Day

PUBLISHED: 14:08 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:08 03 January 2018

Mayors from across Suffolk got together as the 'chain gang' in Ipswich to celebrate Suffolk Day.
 They will meet in Sudbury for the event this year. 
Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Mayors from across Suffolk got together as the 'chain gang' in Ipswich to celebrate Suffolk Day. They will meet in Sudbury for the event this year. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Plans are under way for this year’s big celebration of Suffolk.

Mia and Jo Bennett, Beatrice Picknell, Katie and Theresa Muhlbauer, Maddie Ross, Rosie Howell, Kirsty Button celebrate Suffolk Day 2017 at Suffolk Food Hall. 
Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Mia and Jo Bennett, Beatrice Picknell, Katie and Theresa Muhlbauer, Maddie Ross, Rosie Howell, Kirsty Button celebrate Suffolk Day 2017 at Suffolk Food Hall. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Suffolk Day, on Thursday, June 21, will shine a light on the county – showcasing the very best sights, sounds and tastes of Suffolk.

Last year’s event was hailed a huge success, with hundreds attending events all over Suffolk to fly the flag for their home county.

Mark Murphy, breakfast show presenter on BBC Radio Suffolk, said there was already lots planned for this year’s big day – with many more exciting events in the pipeline.

He said: “Sudbury have stepped forward to host the chain gang, I will be hosting the breakfast show from Sudbury on market day showcasing that beautiful part 
of Suffolk.

Penny Wilby celebrating Suffolk Day 2017 in Sudbury. Picture: GREGG BROWN Penny Wilby celebrating Suffolk Day 2017 in Sudbury. Picture: GREGG BROWN

“Colin Noble, leader of Suffolk County Council, is going to be working hard with partners to replace the ‘Welcome to Suffolk’ signs in the county.

“They are looking a bit faded and jaded so that will be a great way to mark the day.

“It’s fantastic, #SuffolkDay2018 was trending on Twitter today so lot and lots of people on social media have been sharing the launch.

“Suffolk is a brilliant place to live – so it’s about time we shouted about what we have here.

Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble wants to update the existing 'welcome to Suffolk signs' ready for Suffolk Day. Picture: MICK WEBB Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble wants to update the existing 'welcome to Suffolk signs' ready for Suffolk Day. Picture: MICK WEBB

“We have the home of horse racing in Newmarket, the home of innovation at BT’s Adastral Park, we have Constable country, our heritage coastlines.

“This is a great chance for the people of Suffolk to collect en masse and come together as one.”

Amanda Bond, manager of Visit Suffolk, said: “Heading into its second year, Suffolk Day 2018 provides a fantastic opportunity for tourism businesses within Suffolk to embrace the wonders of our county through a programme of unique events, special offers and authentic giveaways.

“We are truly spoilt in Suffolk, so this is a welcome chance to show-off our amazing historic and family attractions, fine places to stay, wonderful places to eat and our natural landscapes in abundance, all united under one brand, for one day, on June 21, 2018, the longest day of the year.

“We want local people to embrace what’s on their doorstep by seeking out unfamiliar places to visit, and in the same breadth, encourage and engage with new visitors to experience all that we take for granted.

“The more there is to shout about, the bigger and better this event will become and helps to raise Suffolk’s profile at a regional and national level.

“So, we ask that all tourism businesses, no matter how 
small, champion this campaign, get involved and spread some Suffolk love.”

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The University of Essex is among more than 60 institutions set for strike action next month over pensions – however staff at the University of Suffolk are not expected to take part.

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