Aldeburgh: Co-op helps town’s traders put the flags out for the Diamond Jubilee

THE East of England Co-op is helping businesses in Aldeburgh put out the flags to mark HM the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic Games.

The co-operative society, which has two food stores in the town, has given the Aldeburgh Business Association (ABA) 38 large Union Jack flags

Liz Biagioni, secretary of the ABA, said: “Martyn Howard from Suffolk Secrets, whose artistic talents were a huge asset to the ABA in bedecking the town for the Christmas Lights celebrations, has been envisaging patriotic decorations fit for a Queen for months.

“When I told him that Aldeburgh Business Association had secured such a generous contribution from the town’s two East of England Co-operative stores in Aldeburgh High Street and on Saxmundham Road, he was over the moon.”

She added: “The excitement is really building as the community prepares itself for these historic events and businesses are pulling out the stops to create a perfect backdrop for all the activities scheduled over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend which range from family fun filled entertainment at the Jubilee Hall and a Flower Festival at Aldeburgh Parish Church, to Proms by the Sea with The Grace Spitfire air display and firework finale.


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“It’s going to be a great occasion for visitors and residents alike and the support of our local co-op stores is a big boost to moral businesses in the High Street in these challenging times. We are very grateful and appreciate the community spirit demonstrated by the East of England Co-op for which they are renowned.”

Andrew Dawes, retail liaison controller for the East of England Co-operative Society, said: “The co-operative movement has been part of the fabric of the community in Aldeburgh since 1885, and we are delighted to be able to join in the Jubilee and Olympic celebrations.

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“As a community retailer we actively support our local and regional economy. We’re proud to be flying the flag for Aldeburgh for these historic celebrations in partnership with the business association.”

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