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Suffolk Day 'Big Weekender' celebrations kick off in Felixstowe

PUBLISHED: 13:23 21 June 2019 | UPDATED: 16:23 21 June 2019

Mayor of Felixstowe, Nick Barber celebrates Suffolk Day with fellow dignitaries  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Mayor of Felixstowe, Nick Barber celebrates Suffolk Day with fellow dignitaries Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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The Suffolk Day celebrations have kicked off in style - with a special reading of the day's proclamation by Felixstowe's mayor.

Hundreds descended on seaside town's promenade this morning to celebrate the big day as town officially launched the Suffolk Day festivities.

Felixstowe Mayor Nick Barber proudly read aloud the Suffolk Day proclamation to the Suffolk flag waving crowd.

Mayor of Felixstowe, Nick Barber celebrates Suffolk Day with fellow dignitaries  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNMayor of Felixstowe, Nick Barber celebrates Suffolk Day with fellow dignitaries Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

He said: "On behalf of the Lord Lieutenant, the Mayors of Suffolk's County Towns and all our ceremonial leaders, Suffolk Day is

proclaimed as a celebration of all the good things in our beautiful county.

Felixstowe was full of celebration on a very sunny Suffolk Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFelixstowe was full of celebration on a very sunny Suffolk Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

"On Friday 21st June 2019, and throughout the whole weekend for that matter, you are instructed to enjoy all that your county has to offer."

"We have historic towns, villages, the incredible coast and so much unspoilt countryside.

Felixstowe was full of celebration on a very sunny Suffolk Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFelixstowe was full of celebration on a very sunny Suffolk Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

"We have fantastic local food, much art and culture, and innovative businesses to take us forward.

"We have heritage, charities, and sports including the finest football club in the region.

Mayor of Felixstowe, Nick Barber celebrates Suffolk Day with fellow dignitaries  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNMayor of Felixstowe, Nick Barber celebrates Suffolk Day with fellow dignitaries Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

"We are all proud of our county and Suffolk Day is a moment to thank those who make it a wonderful place to live, work

and learn.

Mayor of Felixstowe, Nick Barber celebrates Suffolk Day with fellow dignitaries  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNMayor of Felixstowe, Nick Barber celebrates Suffolk Day with fellow dignitaries Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

"On this day, people of all ages must get involved in underlining the past, present and future.

"This proclamation is to be shared by our many community groups and stakeholders across the county.

Felixstowe was full of celebration on a very sunny Suffolk Day  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFelixstowe was full of celebration on a very sunny Suffolk Day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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"So, let us shout about our love for Suffolk.

Felixstowe was full of celebration on a very sunny Suffolk Day  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFelixstowe was full of celebration on a very sunny Suffolk Day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ladies and gentlemen, three cheers for Suffolk … Hip Hip

Hurrah, Hip Hip Hurrah, Hip Hip Hurrah."

Pupils at St Matthew's Primary School created a 'living map' of Suffolk on their playground Picture: ST MATTHEW'S PRIMARY SCHOOLPupils at St Matthew's Primary School created a 'living map' of Suffolk on their playground Picture: ST MATTHEW'S PRIMARY SCHOOL

This year's Suffolk Day is extra special. As it falls on a Friday for the first time, and coincides with this year's Orwell Challenge weekend, it has been extended to three days - the Big Weekender.

There are a host of activities and events popping up across the county today and over the weekend.

Suffolk Punch foal Colony Vee visited St Joseph's in Ipswich for Suffolk Day  PIcture: LUCY BOLTONSuffolk Punch foal Colony Vee visited St Joseph's in Ipswich for Suffolk Day PIcture: LUCY BOLTON

Youngsters at St Joseph's College in Ipswich got the chance to meet ten-year-old Suffolk Punch foal Colony Vee.

Pupils, from nursery to sixth form, parents and staff welcomed her to the school yesterday afternoon from her home at the Suffolk Punch Trust in Hollesley.

Ten year-old Suffolk Punch foal met pupils from St Joseph's in Ipswich as part of the Suffolk Day celebrationsl Picture: LUCY BOLTONTen year-old Suffolk Punch foal met pupils from St Joseph's in Ipswich as part of the Suffolk Day celebrationsl Picture: LUCY BOLTON

Headteacher Vanessa Wood said: "All the girls and boys - and adults too - were captivated by her beauty and gentleness,

"It was a wonderful site to see a representative of this magnificent and critically endangered breed looking very much at home in our award-winning grounds."

The children - and adults - were captivated by the ten year-old foal Picture: LUCY BOLTONThe children - and adults - were captivated by the ten year-old foal Picture: LUCY BOLTON

Meanwhile, children at St Matthew's Primary School in Ipswich celebrated the day by creating a 'living map' of Suffolk.

Youngsters stood on a giant outline of the county sketched on the school's playground before singing the Suffolk Day song.

Pupils from St Joseph's in Ipswich got the chance to meet a ten-year-old Suffolk Punch foal PIcture: LUCY BOLTONPupils from St Joseph's in Ipswich got the chance to meet a ten-year-old Suffolk Punch foal PIcture: LUCY BOLTON

The children also held up pictures of some of the county's best known landmarks and beauty spots.

We've compiled a list of some of the Big Weekender highlights.

Are you celebrating Suffolk Day today? Send your pictures to sam.dawes@archant.co.uk

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