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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.

The A12 in north-Essex is clogged with slow moving traffic which is causing delays heading in both directions.

Shelia Dale is missing from her home in Maldon.

Highways bosses have pledged to consider “all possible solutions” to a bridge closure, amid major concerns in the communities which rely on the crossing .

A 22-year-old man from Colchester, who also frequents Ipswich, is wanted by police.

A woman suffered chest injuries when her car left the road on a rural road just before dawn.

Another royal baby is on the way, it was announced today. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are “very pleased” that Meghan is expecting a baby in the spring of 2019, Kensington Palace said.

The AA have reported heavy traffic in Ipswich town centre in two areas.

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