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Walnut tree used by newlyweds posing for wedding pictures in Stowmarket brought down by Storm Eleanor

PUBLISHED: 17:50 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:50 03 January 2018

The walnut tree in Milton Road South. Picture: PATRICK ROBERTS

The walnut tree in Milton Road South. Picture: PATRICK ROBERTS

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A walnut tree which brought joy to happy couples posing for their wedding pictures was destroyed today after being brought down by Storm Eleanor gales.

Newlyweds were often photographed under the branches of the tree, in the grounds of the historic Milton House where Stowmarket Town Council, Mid Suffolk Citizens Advice Bureau and the town’s registry office are based.

But this will no longer be the case now that the tree has been completely destroyed by tree surgeons after being brought down by the stormy weather.

Patrick Roberts, who managed to take a picture of the tree before it was cut up, said it came down in the wind at around 9am today.

Elsewhere in Suffolk, hundreds of homes were left without power earlier today as high winds hit the county.

Most households had their electricity back by noon.

Major disruption was reported in and around Ipswich today due to the closure of the Orwell Bridge.

Highways England chiefs re-opened it after 17 hours at approximately 2pm.

Volunteer lifesavers rescued a stranded yacht off the Essex coast this afternoon.

A person has died after a serious crash on the A12 near Copdock this afternoon.

The East of England Ambulance Service answered 3,200 calls per day over the winter period, new data shows.

The sunshine, blue skies and record breaking temperatures of recent days are set to come to a thundery end - with heavy rain and lightning expected across the region this weekend.

Police investigating a series of power tool thefts from vans and properties in Suffolk have recovered more than 120 items.

Commuters are facing a second day of disruption on the region’s main rail line after two separate faults were reported – with problems expected until the end of the day.

Suffolk firefighters have been called to assist with an accident on the A14, which is said to be causing delays in Cambridgeshire this evening.

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